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Jewish Holidays

Prisoner #313

September 25, 2008, by

The symbolism of the Rosh Hashana Mussaf service. Lessons learned – God alone is King, you must have a dream, we have the strength to overcome challenges. Presented by Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld, Rabbi of OU Synagogue Ohev Sholom/The National Synagogue in Washington, DC.

Tzimmes Meets Tajine – Sumptuous Stews to Sweeten the New Year

September 25, 2008, by

Tzimmes is a specialty of Ashkenazi Jews, while tajines come from Morocco. Although they have such different origins, these slow-cooked entrees share many qualities. Both make festive fare for Rosh Hashanah. “Don’t make such a tzimmes out of it!” was my parents’ typical response to my childhood complaints when they meant not to make such […]

High Holiday Baking

September 25, 2008, by

Cakes, cookies and breads that I bake for the Holidays, I bake only for the Holidays. Except for testing out recipes, that is. In this way, my High Holiday baked goods are cherished on two levels: First, my family looks forward to these special foods that come just once a year. And second, I have […]

Simanim: Special Food As Signs For a Sweet and Healthy New Year

September 25, 2008, by

From the time I was a young child, I’ve known that Rosh Hashanah was associated with apples and honey, symbolizing sweetness for the coming New Year. My mother would make her special apple cake and always served her carrot tzimmes sweetened with honey, a big favorite in our family. In addition to the traditional wine […]

Rosh HaShanah: For the Shechina

September 24, 2008, by

For what are we praying on Rosh HaShanah – we don’t make any personal requests!?! We are davening for the Divine Presence, since He’s the source of all we request. Presented by Rabbi Pinchas Winston, host of OU Radio shows “Redemption” and “Nefesh HaChaim”

A Majestic Amidah: Part I

September 21, 2008, by

An exploration of the Musaf Amidah for Rosh Hashana – presented by Rabbi Yaakov Mendelson, Rabbinic Coordinator, OU Kosher. Why do we quote biblical verses in the 3 sections of the Rosh Hashanah Mussaf (malchuyot, zichronot, & shofarot)? Why are verses from Ketuvim before Nevi’im? For part 2 click here

Rosh Hashana: Day of Machshava

September 18, 2008, by

The Power Of Our Thoughts. Esther Wein’s new shiur for Rosh Hashana. The avodah of Rosh HaShanah is all about our thoughts. The only way we connect to God is through our thoughts. We ask for God to be aware of us


September 18, 2008, by

The holidays are rrrushing upon us, and that’s not the only thing rushing in. By. Around. Whatever, it’s one of Those Days(tm) again. The tenant downstairs needs the dryer repaired (and she wants it repaired NOW), the cat needs to be taken to the groomers, insurance rates have just gone up. Not to mention this […]

The Rosh Hashanah Seder

September 18, 2008, by

Symbolic Foods and Why We Eat Them, With Recipes As Rosh Hashana approaches, the preparations begin. And at my home, that’s an understatement. Getting clothes in order, setting up the seating chart at the synagogue, taking haircuts, you name it! All of these things must be done. And of course, I’m thinking through my menus […]

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