Parshot Festivals

    • JTA5Hacks

    Five hacks for the best Rosh Hashanah ever

    Sep 26, 2019 Go comment!
    (JTA) I can’t help but wonder why Hallmark and the retail world at large haven’t co-opted the Jewish New Year. True, while there may “only” be about five million to seven million Jews in the United States (depending on who’s counting), Rosh Hashanah is a particularly important holiday on the Jewish calendar.
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    • IlanaStein

    G-d in the wilderness

    Sep 26, 2019 Go comment!
    Ever heard a shofar in Zambia? Presumably it’s blown in the Jewish community that still exists there. However, it was somewhat surreal to be in the country that styles itself “the real Africa” and what the Victorians called “darkest Africa”, and hear a sound that so patently belongs to hot, crowded mornings in shul.
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    • RabbiAvtzon

    What is the hardest faith of all?

    Sep 26, 2019 Go comment!
    Faith is a loaded word. When hearing or reading it, one person’s heart can swell with serenity and connection, whereas their neighbour’s heart might contract with patronisation and disdain.
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    • JewsandMagic

    The link between Jews, magic, and mysticism

    Sep 26, 2019 Go comment!
    Amulets, exorcisms, and incantations might seem the stuff of fantasy, yet they aren’t foreign to Jewish life. Since the days of the Tanach, the relationship between Jews and magical belief and practice has been complex and tenuous. Sorcery and witchcraft were repeatedly condemned in the ancient Jewish world, yet we find certain occurrences distinctly magical.
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    • Parshas Ki Tetze - Rabbi Yossi Goldman

    What would we do without the days of reckoning?

    Sep 26, 2019 Go comment!
    Rosh Hashanah is more than just a holiday. It’s Judgement Day. That’s why the traditional greeting at this time is not “happy holiday”, “good yom tov” or “chag sameach”, but rather, “shana tovah” or “ah gut yohr”. The heavenly court will decide our destiny and determine our fate for the new year, so we wish each other that these days of reckoning go well, and that we each be blessed with only good things for the new year.
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    • DifficultTimes

    Celebrating high holy days at risk of life and limb

    Sep 26, 2019 Go comment!
    Even during times of persecution, oppression, expulsion, and hardship, Jews found ways to celebrate Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur – often at great risk.
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    • WhiskeyAppleCocktail

    Three trendy Rosh Hashanah recipes from Israel’s top chefs

    Sep 26, 2019 Go comment!
    (JTA) Rosh Hashanah menus, while traditional and delicious, can also get a little stale year after year. With Israeli food trending across the globe, now is a perfect time to add some authentic Israeli flavours to your holiday.
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    • PomegranatesandWatermelons

    Nine things you didn’t know about Rosh Hashanah

    Sep 26, 2019 Go comment!
    Impress your friends and family with these little-known facts about the Jewish new year.
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    • scales

    Judge and jury – when it’s okay to speak your mind

    Sep 26, 2019 Go comment!
    While Rosh Hashanah reminds us that G-d is the “true judge”, there’s no denying the fact that as human beings, we often judge one another. How do we maintain strength and self-belief when someone else is judging us or our choices?
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    • Budget

    Yom Tov on a budget

    Sep 26, 2019 Go comment!
    In these tough economic times, lavish Yom Tov and breaking-of-the-fast meals are often a thing of the past. But just because your budget is tight doesn’t mean you can’t have a special dinner that leaves everyone feeling celebratory and satisfied.
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    • ADDChild

    My Rosh Hashanah resolution: accepting my child with ADD

    Sep 26, 2019 Go comment!
    (JTA) What did I do to deserve the child who doesn’t eat when she’s supposed to – if she eats at all – who doesn’t sleep when she’s supposed to, who doesn’t learn what she’s supposed to learn, and often doesn’t do what she’s supposed to do?
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    Cut down on caffeine for a more fabulous fast

    Sep 26, 2019 1 Comment
    I have never fasted well. From a young age, the mere thought that I would have to do so filled me with anxiety and stress. It was even more frustrating for me that my experience wasn’t the same as others, who regard a day without food as a mere inconvenience.
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    • ParshaRabbiPink

    Judging the highest and lowest in equal measure

    Sep 26, 2019 Go comment!
    This week's Torah portion, Nitzavim, is always read on the Shabbat before Rosh Hashanah. There are so many things about this portion that connect it to Rosh Hashanah. Nitzavim speaks of our commitment to G-d, His Torah, and mitzvahs (good deeds). It teaches about teshuvah (repentance), and foretells our return to G-d in this dark exile, reassuring us that G-d will gather us from the farthest places.
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    • Ilan Herrmann

    Not so fast – hold off on that produce!

    Sep 19, 2019 Go comment!
    The penultimate portion in the lead up to Rosh Hashanah is Ki Tavo. We search for the essential message G-d is trying to convey to us through the “living Torah”, especially in these important days preceding the Days of Judgement.
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    • Parshas Ki Tetze - Rabbi Yossi Goldman

    Anti-Semitism has its benefits

    Sep 12, 2019 Go comment!
    Whether it manifests in the crude bigotry of the lower classes or the snide subtleties of the upper crust, anti-Semitism is a fact of life.
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    • RabbiBrett

    Man the gates of your personal kingdom

    Sep 05, 2019 Go comment!
    Consider this body-mind paradigm shift. What if we viewed the body as a mini kingdom, with the head as the supreme judge and king, the heart as the place of vibrancy and energy, and the limbs as the hubs of busy activity?
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    • RabbiKagan (2)

    The greatest present is the present

    Aug 29, 2019 Go comment!
    As the Hebrew month of Elul approaches, thoughts of the upcoming high holidays fill my head and a mixture of emotions fills my heart. Elul is a time of introspection and preparation. The focus moves to the future and our readiness for the days of judgement and pardon, namely Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
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    • RabbiYossyGoldmanpic1 HOME

    Don’t get lost in the wilderness

    Aug 22, 2019 Go comment!
    Much has been said and written about the galut mentality, the subservience felt by generations of Jews living in the diaspora. As second-class citizens for so many generations in Eastern Europe and in Arab countries, Jews allegedly came to lose their self-esteem. Finally, in our own time, the old ghetto Jew would be replaced with a proud, strong, independent Israeli. No more would Moshke the Jew cower before Poretz the country squire.
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    • Ilan Herrmann

    Seeing light where others see darkness

    Aug 15, 2019 Go comment!
    The Talmud tells us that Rabban Gamliel, Rabbi Elazar ben Azaria, Rabbi Joshua, and Rabbi Akiva went up to Jerusalem. When they reached Mt Scopus, they tore their garments as an act of grief and mourning for the Temple that had been destroyed there. When they reached the Temple Mount, they saw a fox emerging from the place where the Holy of Holies was situated.
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    • Parshas Ki Tetze - Rabbi Yossi Goldman

    Are we really independent?

    Aug 08, 2019 Go comment!
    Tens of thousands of Jews will converge on Jerusalem’s Western Wall this week as our people mark Tisha B’Av, our national day of mourning. On this day in history, both our holy temples were destroyed, and a host of other calamities have occurred throughout the centuries.
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