High Holidays

Had enough sweet stuff at the New Year? Here’s some savory for Succot.

By MEGAN WOLF

(JTA) — So much at the Jewish New Year is sweet — first fruits, honey, honey cake. By the time Succot rolls around, we’re often looking for something savory to offset it all

Regardless of the time of year, we have some favorites in...
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How a Chinese fruit became a Succot symbol

By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN

NEW YORK (JTA) — The holiday of Succot isn’t is complete without a lulav and an etrog, the four species that Jews are commanded to wave on the harvest holiday. But according to a new book, it wasn’t until the Second Temple period that Jews started using...
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Why these Dutch Christians are celebrating Succot

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ

HENDRIK-IDO-AMBACHT, Netherlands (JTA) — From its exterior, the massive building known as The Ark in this Dutch town looks like a typical Reform synagogue.

On the Hebrew month of Tishrei, the ancient olive tree that dominates the yard of this large worship space is dwarfed by a...
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Chabad to hold ‘Sukkah Fest’ on Sept. 27

Chabad of Louisiana has announced plans to hold a “Sukkah Fest” on Thursday, Spetember 27 at the succah of the Rivkin family located at 919 Broadway.

The Succot gathering from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. will feature music, food, fun and children’s activities. A lulav and etrog will be available for...
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JCDS announces Succot picnic on Sept. 27

The entire community has been invited to take part in a Succot Picnic at the Jewish Community Day School (JCDS), 3737 W. Esplanade Avenue, on Thursday, September 27 starting at 6:00 p.m.    The event will feature burgers, barbeque and other food items, fun activities for the kids and the opportunity...
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Rabbis Explore Themes of Yom Kippur

By NICHOLAS HAMBURGER, Special to the CCJN

“I have swept aside like a cloud thy transgressions.” Merciful in its authority, ethereal in its imagery, and intimate in its address, this line, uttered by God to the people of Israel in the Book of Isaiah, resounds with the chief concerns of...
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Why Stephen Miller’s childhood rabbi singled him out in his Rosh Hashanah sermon

By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN

(JTA) — Rabbi Neil Comess-Daniels didn’t mince words when he criticized Stephen Miller, a senior adviser to President Donald Trump and a former congregant of his Southern California synagogue, in his Rosh Hashanah sermon.

“Honestly, Mr. Miller, you’ve set back the Jewish contribution to making the world...
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Area Yom Kippur observance

(Holiday begins at sundown, Tuesday, September 18)

Btesh Family Chabad House (Orthodox) Kol Nidre 6:45 p.m. Morning service/Shacharit 10:00 a.m. Yizkor 12:30 p.m. Minchah service 5:00 p.m. Neilah 6:15 p.m.

Congregation Anshe Sfard (Orthodox) Kol Nidre 6:45 p.m. Morning service/Shacharit 9:15 a.m. Yizkor 12:00 p.m. Minchah 5:15 p.m. Neilah 6:15...
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Shade

By RABBI JOSEPH H. PROUSER

The Festival of Succot prescribes, as its central observance, the construction of temporary shelters – the Succah – in which we “dwell” throughout the Holiday and, especially, eat our meals. Rabbi Akiba teaches that the Succah represents God’s protective Presence during the wilderness period (Sifra...
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Tashlich

By RABBI JOSEPH H. PROUSER

It is customary on Rosh Hashanah, or later during the Ten Days of Repentance, to perform the ceremony of “Tashlich.” We go to a body of water and symbolically cast off our past sins and failings by throwing bread (or pocket lint!) into the water....
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