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For many Jews, predominantly Sephardim, Rosh Hashana foods extend way beyond apples and honey. Among the numerous simanim (foods that have symbolic … more
The High Holidays is a time of deep spiritual reflection and introspection. This year, obviously, demands it even more. As I take stock of the year that was, several unusual occurrences stand out … more
How does the poet get started on the process of writing a poem, or the songwriter as he sets about composing a song? My wife’s grandfather was the renowned Hasidic rebbe, Rabbi Shaul … more
It’s been more than a decade since Yossi Beilin retired from Israeli politics, yet he continues to use his stature as a former government official to sometimes take positions that blacken … more
As we approach Yom Kippur, here are ten short ideas which might help you focus your davening and ensure you have a meaningful and transformative experience. … more
The final three pasukim of Sefer Michah are found in this week’s haftarah, as well as immediately after the recitation of Sefer Yonah on Yom Kippur afternoon: Who is a G-d like You, Who … more
If you would have collected a group of world-renowned military strategists on Yom Kippur in 1973 and asked them, at 4 pm Israel time, for a prognosis on the status of the events unfolding on the … more
Erica Brown is one of our community’s foremost American Jewish educators. Through her teachings on Teshuva, she helps people to re-think our sacred texts, thus making them ever more … more
This line from the rap album “Apocalypse ’91” by Public Enemy served, 30 years ago, as my introduction to a disturbing, perverse accusation that was prevalent in some left-wing … more
There are two sides to the war against Israel: the terrorist side and the political side. The missiles the Hamas terrorist regime in Gaza fired at Ashdod and Ashkelon, and the anti-Israel … more
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