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Finding Meaning in Apples and Honey

September 6, 2007, by

It seems like every year I get the same feeling. It’s a few days before Rosh Hashanah and suddenly I’m caught up in a frenzy of emotions. I want as much as possible to be ready for this awesome festival, yet I find myself struggling to remember what it is all about. I remember speeches

Pan-Pals Share Favorite High Holiday Recipes Over the Miles

August 30, 2007, by

Summer is rapidly drawing to a close and the High Holidays are quickly approaching. The usual question on everyone’s mind is what to prepare for their holiday table and what can be prepared in advance in frozen. When I asked some of my foodie-friends for their tried and true holiday dishes, I received several recipes

Reflections on the New Year

September 14, 2006, by

For some Jews, the merest whiff of a roasting brisket or simmering chicken can evoke a flood of High Holiday memories. For me, it’s not brisket or chicken, or even the spicy aroma of a fresh-baked honey cake. Odd as it may seem, my magic key to the past is the sweetly acrid smell of

The Ancient Infant Within Us

October 11, 2005, by

You and I know what it’s like, because we’re both human: the sense of innocence, and of having been wronged. The keen desire to craft some put-down that will diminish the other person as he has diminished us, to put him back down and ourselves back up; to restore our dignity as it must be

What If?

September 30, 2005, by

What if the shofar sounded last week, last month, last year? And what if we slept right through it? We all have moments when we feel something deep within our hearts and souls. When the core of our being tells us that something is so. Tells us we must do something, and do it now,

Shoftim: Confusing the Accuser – Part One

January 18, 2005, by

A theme which we encounter repeatedly in the mitzvah of Shofar is “confusing the accuser” (Satan). For instance: The Gemara tells us that we blow the shofar on Rosh Hashana both sitting and standing “in order to confuse the accuser” (Rosh Hashana 16b). In the siddur of Rav Amram Gaon and in Machzor Vitry, this