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Honey for Rosh Hashanah

At no time during my experience in a New York City rabbinical school did I think I would ever be donning full beekeeper regalia and watching as thousands of bees made honey on a farm in Michigan’s Amish country. But that is precisely what I found myself doing for the first time this past spring. [...]

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Attention Rabbis: Stop With The Rosh Hashanah Mussar Already

Attention Rabbis: Stop With The Rosh Hashanah Mussar Already

I can barely tolerate shul on the best of days, but Elul has got to be the worst. Every Rabbi (ok, 99%) tries to put you in the holiday spirit by telling you what’s wrong with yourself/the Jewish people/the world/etc. Enough already! I don’t want to hear your guilt trips. Give me some encouragement, or, [...]

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iHappy Rosh Hashanah

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Okay — maybe you look at more email forwards and cheesy Facebook photos than I do. (It’s not that hard to achieve, I assure you. Between getting Jewniverse ready, re-watching the awesome new G-dcast video, and keeping on top of office gossip, I barely have time to read my own email.) So — yeah — [...]

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How to Prepare Tzimmes

Tzimmes is a traditional Jewish dish made from carrots, sweet potatoes and dried fruits and is usually prepared during Sukkot and Rosh Hashanah.  Carrots symbolize the good deeds that we will continue to do in the coming year. Preparing Tzimmes is easy. You can even make your own version and add other ingredients to make it more flavorful. [...]

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How is Rosh Hashanah Celebrated?

Rosh Hashanah is a 2-day festival observed on the first and second days of Tishrei. This Jewish holiday is celebrated in lots of different ways by different kinds of Jews. Rosh Hashanah is the only Jewish holiday which is observed for two entire days. Generally, this is celebrated with prayer services in synagogues and festive [...]

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Rosh Hashanah – A Time for Starting Over

Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year. The name of this holiday can be translated from Hebrew to mean “first of the year.” Just because this is a New Year, however, does not mean that this holiday has anything in common with the American New Year, which usually involves large celebrations and champagne. On the [...]

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Adventures in Jewish Cooking

Jeffrey Nathan Publisher: Random House As more and more Jews embrace their heritage, kosher cooking is on the rise. But while Jewish dietary laws haven’t changed in 3,000 years, today’s tastes and eating styles have. Jeffrey Nathan, host of PBS’s New Jewish Cuisine, understands what modern Jewish diners crave and in this companion book, he [...]

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Jewish Holiday Treats: Recipes and Crafts for the Whole Family

Joan Zoloth, Lisa Hubbard Publisher: Chronicle Books From Chanukah, Purim, Passover, and Shavuot to Rosh Hashanah and Sukkot, Jewish Holiday Treats serves up the traditional with clever twists. Welcome the festivities with tempting treats like Chanukah Star Cookies and Amazing Honey Cake. Tots and grandparents alike will take pleasure in constructing simple toys and decorations [...]

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Artscroll Children’s Machzor for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

Author: Shmuel Blitz The Artscroll Children’s Machzor includes carefully selected prayers of Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur, translated into language that youngsters can easily understand. In the fun, easy-to-read “Closer Looks” and “Did You Know?” sections that dot the pages, children learn about the many customs of the Days of Awe: why we blow shofar [...]

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