High Holidays

Stay At Home Jews

09/20/2012

Elicia Brown, in her column in the Jewish Week (“Free Range Jew,” Sept. 14), recounts her adventures as she takes her family from synagogue to synagogue during the High Holy Days rather than commit to attending one synagogue and missing out on an adventure.

It Never Gets Old

09/13/2012

I was walking my dog late one night this week when I encountered a neighbor from down the block, past whose house my dog and I invariably pass on this evening ritual. As most people will say to me in one form or another at this time of year, my neighbor offered the following greeting: “So, you’re entering into your busy season, yes?  Must be a lot of pressure.”

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik is the spiritual leader of the Forest Hills Jewish Center in Queens.

Sprucing Up For Yom Tov

09/11/2012
Staff Writer

For members of a synagogue, the preparation for the High Holy Days season starts weeks, if not months before Rosh HaShanah.

In some congregations, there are the daily selichot prayers that are recited during the month of Elul that precedes Tishrei, and additions to the daily worship services. There is increased giving of tzedakah and the performance of good deeds. For some, a new machzor; for others, a new outfit.

For rabbis, sermons to write.

For cantors and choirs, melodies to rehearse. For the synagogue itself, there’s also a period of preparation.

Photo By Michael Datikash

Repentance, Atonement And Independence

09/11/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 6:48 p.m.
Torah: Deut. 29:9-30:20
Haftarah: Isaiah 61:10-63:9
Havdalah: 7:45 p.m.

Rabbi David Kalb

A Year Later, Same Worries — Is That A Comfort?

09/04/2012
Editor And Publisher

Preparing for the new Jewish year, in part by reviewing some of the big news stories of the past year, I was reminded that most major issues don’t get resolved in dramatic fashion.

Gary Rosenblatt

Top 10 Signs Of Shul Fatigue

A little post-holidays humor. (Very little, some would say.)

Top 10 Signs You've Spent Too Much Time In Shul

10. Show up to work with tallis on.

 9.  Before opening garage door, a voice in your head says “chai dollar psichin …”

 8. Punctuate coworkers' presentations with “baruch hu baruch shemo

 7. Mistakenly hand train conductor a dollar for the pushka.

 6. Instinctively start counting people when you enter room.

Days Of Awe

After a brave battle, succumbing to leukemia on the eve of the High Holidays.

09/27/2011
Associate Editor

 The first days of the New Year are the Days of Awe but, to a dying man, aren’t they all?

The greater Jewish community joined Matt Fenster (above, with wife Jennifer) for minyans in the hospital.

Ethics-ercises in Elul Soul Searching

09/09/2011
Jewish Week Online Columnist
As we approach the Days of Awe, our annual exercise in self scrutiny and stock-taking can be a daunting task. Rather than highlight a single ethical dilemma this week, I offer here some suggestions, some “ethics-ercises,” as it were, to assist you on this journey.
 
Rabbi Joshua Hammerman

Jewish Continuity For $14.99 Plus Shipping

I’ve been covering Jewish education for almost 15 years and have interviewed countless people telling me about the myriad challenges (not to mention the financial investment required) of maintaining and passing on our illustrious Jewish traditions.

For interfaith families alone, there is an entire cottage industry of websites like this and this brimming with suggestions, resources, how-to’s and so on for learning about and transmitting our aforementioned traditions.

Thoughts on the Chilean Miners

10/15/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

Other than the man whose mistress showed up to greet him but not his wife (ouch!), there seems to be no component of the story of the rescued Chilean miners that is not magical, if not miraculous. It is a beautiful example of the triumph of the human spirit, and of the refusal to fail, to paraphrase the oft quoted phrase of the NASA flight director for Apollo 13.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik
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