Monday, September 21st 2020   |

High Holidays



Shanah Tovah! Wishing you much blessing in 5780!

The sounding of the Shofar – the ram’s horn – is a much anticipated highlight of Rosh Hashanah worship. Explanations of this observance abound:

The Shofar was heard at Mount Sinai, where Israel became a nation and entered into our Covenant with God.

The Shofar heralds the final Judgement, the coming of the Messianic Era, and the...

Rosh Hashanah is how we prove our humanity. Are you ready?


NEW YORK (JTA) — Rosh Hashanah commemorates the creation of mankind. But if Rosh Hashanah is indeed the collective birthday of humanity, why do we “celebrate” with all our focus on God, sin and repentance?  The Rosh Hashanah liturgy is filled with references of God’s kingship as humanity stands in judgment before him. If the imagery of the prayer book is any indication, Rosh Hashanah commemorates man’s creation...

Molly Yeh’s Apple Cider Brisket: A treat for brunch, too


This slow-cooked brisket is featured on season 4 of Molly Yeh’s Food Network show “Girl Meets Farm,” which captures her life on a sugar beet farm. Flavored with apple cider and maple syrup, it embraces Rosh Hashanah food traditions and, best of all, can be enjoyed at any time of day.

Serve with carrot hash with eggs and pesto for a decadent brunch, as seen on “Girl...

Mayim Bialik shares her 10 mea culpas for Rosh Hashanah


LOS ANGELES (JTA) — In the Reform synagogue I was raised in, they taught us a song around the Jewish New Year:

Let’s be friends. Make amends. Now’s the time to say I’m sorry.

Let’s be friends. Make amends. Please say you’ll forgive me.

For the 10 days of teshuvah, it’s time to make up; time to pray.

Take my hand and I’ll take yours. Let’s be...

The 8 must-read Jewish news stories of 5779


(JTA) — The Jewish calendar year 5779 was a turbulent and often painful one for Jews around the world. Mounting global anti-Semitism, two deadly American synagogue shootings and two (as yet) inconclusive Israeli elections in the space of just a few months were among the stories that defined and helped frame the communal discussion as the new year approaches.

These are the Jewish stories that most captured...

Off the Pulpit: Restoration


Yes, Succot is over, but Rabbi David Bashevkin drew my attention to a beautiful comment that you can remember until next year!

During the grace after meals on Succot we recoite the blessing asking God to rebuild the “fallen Succah of David.” The blessing comes from the prophet Amos (9:11). The Maharal of Prague points out that when we ask God to rebuild the “fallen Succah”...

Off the Pulpit: Here to Stay


After Yom Kippur comes Succot. Repentance, then rain.

Succot actually reinforces the theme of Yom Kippur in a powerful way. The Day of Atonement teaches the brevity of life – who shall live and who shall die. Coming off the day we might feel insecure, knowing that we are fleeting, as if singled out to be momentary beings on the face of time. But Succot reminds...

JCDS Succot Picnic to be held indoors

The Succot Picnic being held at the Jewish Community Day School (JCDS), 3737 W. Esplanade Avenue, on today will be held indoors in the event of inclement weather, head of school Sharon Pollin announced yesterday. The event still starts at 6:00 p.m.

While barbeque will be featured, burgers and other food items will be available as well as other fun activities for kids. Beer and wine will be available too.


How to celebrate Succot without a succah


(My Jewish Learning via JTA) – The central mitzvah of Succot is found in Leviticus 23:42, where Jews are commanded to dwell in a sukkah , a temporary hut, for seven days and nights. We do this in order to remember the experiences of our ancestors, both on the journey from Egypt to the Land of Israel and in a later era, when farmers brought offerings to...

Why Succot is actually the best holiday for kids


(Kveller via JTA) — Here’s the short version of this article.

If you leave your kids home on the High Holidays so you can have grownup praying time, bring your kids on Succot.

If you bring your kids to the High Holidays, then bring them back on Succot

Succot is the best kids holiday. You just might not know it yet.

Now the longer version, if you...