Tuesday, September 22nd 2020   |

High Holidays

What children can teach us at Rosh Hashanah


NEW YORK (JTA) — A deep spiritual life is hard to find. While opportunities abound for spiritual connections (yoga, meditation, retreats and the like), for most of us it doesn’t come easy. The noise, unfinished to-do lists and the distractions of everyday life interfere with quieting our minds, letting go of our egos for a moment and connecting to something far greater than ourselves.

On Rosh Hashanah...

Going to the source of Rosh Hashanah sweetness


LOS ANGELES (JTA) — Here’s the buzz about Rosh Hashanah: Beyond a congregation or family, it takes a hive to have a holiday. You may have your tickets, new dress or suit and High Holidays app, but without the honey in which to dip a slice of apple, where would you be?

We wish each other “Shanah tovah umetuka,” “Have a good and sweet New Year.”...

Traditional and modern tastes have a place at New Year’s tables


NEW YORK (JTA) — Nearly 30 years ago, when my first cookbook was published, I wrote that kosher cooking wasn’t just about traditional recipes like gefilte fish and chopped liver, that you could make gourmet meals and international dishes using kosher ingredients.

Since then, many new kosher ingredients have become readily available, making all kinds of fusion cuisine even easier to prepare. Some of these ingredients include...

Christians and Jews: Faith and forgiveness


Many bible scholars, both Jewish and Christian, make the obvious point that Christianity stresses forgiveness while Judaism gives it a glance, says it’s a nice thing, but then bounces back to justice, which may include punishment for evil doers, not forgiveness. Yom Kippur brings this difference to the forefront.

After all, Jesus brought atonement for mankind’s original sin. Christianity’s ore is the...

Succot, Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah listings

The following synagogues and temples will be having end of Succot activities taking place (Candlelighting is at 6:22 p.m.):

Congregation Anshe S’Fard (Saturday, October 6) Shabbat Chol Hamoed Shacharit service 9:15 a.m. (Monday, October 8 ) Shemini Atzeret Shacharit service 9:15 a.m. Yizkor following sermon 10:45 a.m. Kiddush lunch in the succah following services. Simchat Torah services 7:15 p.m. followed by dancing and Hafakot.

Congregation Beth Israel (Friday, October 5)...

Succot services, activities listed

The following synagogues and temples will be having Succot activities taking place in and around the succahs they have built for 5773 through Shabbat Succot:

Congregation Anshe S’Fard (Monday, October 1 & Tuesday, October 2) – Shacharit with Hallel, Mussaf Festival Services 9:15 a.m. Kiddush luncheon in the succah to follow each day (Saturday, October 6) Chol HaMoed Succot Shacharit with Hallel, Mussaf Festival Services 9:15 a.m. Kiddush luncheon in...

Down on America’s next big etrog farm


(JTA) — Matt Bycer is like any other 33-year-old attorney who wakes up at the crack of dawn to exercise. Except that rather than sweating to a P90X regimen, Bycer, in a T-shirt, shorts and cowboy hat, lugs 170 buckets of water across his backyard in Scottsdale, Ariz., to water his etrog farm.

The Phoenix native has been nurturing his citron project since he first started collecting etrogs...

Person in the Parsha: VAYELECH


“Forgiven, But Not Forgotten”

He was one of the greatest Talmud scholars of the last century, but outside of a small circle of disciples, he was never well-known. He was a tragic figure in many ways, and although few have heard of him today, he has not been totally forgotten.

Interestingly, forgetting was one of the central themes of his many teachings.


Succot Activities

An Edible Succah Activity: Assemble an edible Succah made from yummy snacks.

Directions: Spread ready-made frosting (any flavor) on the bottom of a 10-inch plate. Place 3 and a half graham crackers standing up in the frosting for the Succah sides. Place twig-shaped pretzels as slats on top. Squeeze some green cake-decorating frosting on the top of the pretzels for schach. Decorate the top of the Succah with fruit-shaped candy....

Cooling the rhetoric in your succah of peace


LOS ANGELES (JTA) — In an election year, a succahdivided against itself cannot stand. Especially in the swing states, where each party is basically claiming that if the other wins we’ll all be living in succahs, political dinner conversation this Succot could really topple an already shaky house. With potential verbal sparring over which candidate is best for Israel, health care and increasing Uncle Bernie’s chances...