Rosh Hashanah

The Rosh Hashanah wakeup call

By CINDY SHER

(JNS.org) — Close your eyes and imagine yourself in the synagogue listening to the blasting of the shofar, something many of us will be doing just a couple weeks from now. Feel the power of the sound—the staccato notes, the longer notes, and the really really long...
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‘Sorry’ is not enough

By TED ROBERTS, the SCRIBBLER ON THE ROOF

Christianity and Judaism have many customs and symbolism in common. Naturally, as the aphorism states, the child does not stray far from the mother. We both take vows to repair our character. But in one area we grossly diverge; the proclamation of...
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Chocolate Cranberry Challah Rolls with Citrus Sugar

By SHANNON SARNA

It’s almost Rosh Hashanah and so by my clock time for another sweet challah recipe for the New Year. And one of the easiest ways to make a sweet, crowd-pleasing challah is to add chocolate chips, of course.

Chocolate chip challah on its own is delicious and...
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Looking back at 5775

By URIEL HEILMAN

NEW YORK (JTA) — As 5775 winds to a close, here’s a look back on the highs and lows (and everything in between) of the year that was.

September 2014

At the annual U.N. General Assembly, President Barack Obama focuses his speech on the ISIS, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin...
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The top Jewish newsmakers of 5775

By JULIE WIENER

(JTA) — Whether you love them or hate them — or your feelings are purely pareve — these 13 Jews repeatedly made the news in 5775.

David Blatt 

American-Israeli coach David Blatt, in his first season as the Cleveland Cavaliers head coach, guided the club to the NBA...
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Why the Chosen People are choosing aliyah

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ

(JTA) — In their central Jerusalem apartment, Natan and Avital Sharansky can hear their new upstairs neighbors chatting in French on their patio.

The young family moved into the penthouse earlier this month, shortly after immigrating to Israel with help of the Jewish Agency for Israel — the semi-official organization for...
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8 stories to watch in Israel next year

By BEN SALES

(JTA) — Tired of hearing about Israel’s conflict with the Palestinians or the machinations of a certain Islamic Republic? There’s plenty of other news happening in Israel, from uproars over the country’s enormous natural gas reserves to a growing push to legalize marijuana.

Here are eight newsy items you may...
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During days of introspection, how to get back on the proper path

By STEVE BAYAR

(My Jewish Learning via JTA) — We live with a practical tradition. We begin the Jewish New Year with 10 days devoted to introspection. Between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur we are asked to review our past failures and victories, to evaluate our relationships and how we...
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Forget the agonizing, here’s an easy and elegant Rosh Hashanah menu

By SHANNON SARNA

NEW YORK (JTA) — We love to kvetch about how early or late Rosh Hashanah falls — as if we have any control or say when the holidays will appear. But this year, the Jewish New Year falls on the early side for us Americans, right after...
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What makes a mensch? A ‘digital diva’ wants to know

By GABE FRIEDMAN

(JTA) — “Our technology has exceeded our humanity,” Albert Einstein allegedly once lamented.

But filmmaker Tiffany Shlain — who utilizes an online, collaborative process and distribution method she dubs “cloud filmmaking” — says it’s possible that technology, used correctly, can enhance our humanity.

As a testament to...
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