By Rachel Ringler, The Nosher We asked five noted chefs and food writers what they will serve at home to mark the Jewish New Year, and (spoiler alert) they all plan to weave symbols of sweetness — hallmarks of the holiday — into their menus. Long live apples and honey!
By Cantor Jenna Greenberg As we approach the High Holy Days season, many symbols come to mind: apples and honey, round challot, the white Torah covers and kittels (prayer robes). Among the many symbols that represent the Yamim Noraim, these Days of Awe, one of the most powerful and evocative
By Rabbi Karen Bodney-Halasz, Temple Israel Every year, as I prepare for the High Holy Days, I turn to familiar texts to help me refocus on their meaning. For the past few years I have enjoyed rereading Rabbi Alan Lew’s book, This is Real and You are Completely Unprepared. This
By Dasee Berkowitz, JTA JERUSALEM — My kids are the first to tell me that God does not have a body. “But how can He write us in a book of life? God isn’t like a person, Ima (Mom)!” Indeed. The image of an anthropomorphic God is rife, however, throughout
By Rabbi Samuel Fox, Rabbi Emeritus, Beth Jacob Congregation With Rosh Hashanah around the corner, each of us should engage in the national pastime of making resolutions for self improvement. Some of us will try to cover the waterfront with a multitude of resolutions, listing a catalog of sins and
Religion, September 2010 By Rabbi Dr. Hillel Fox, Beth Jacob Congregation Rosh Hashanah is almost upon us, and we feel a mix of emotions. The New Year brings us much hope and excitement, but also some anxiety and trepidation. In the past year, we have seen an upsurge in antisemitism