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High Holidays

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...

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


(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 our house. One is smoked salmon with cream cheese and vegetables on an everything bagel. This menu is a riff...

How a Chinese fruit became a Succot symbol


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 the lemon-like etrog as part of their Succot celebrations.

In ancient times, people would simply use whichever fruits they had...