Rosh Hashanah

New Riffs On The New Year

As worshipers demand fresh approaches, more congregations are improvising and experimenting with High Holiday services.

08/27/2013
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One night a year ago Jamie Schorr, a jazz devotee, and his wife descended a staircase to a basement club in the West Village. The couple stepped inside the low-ceilinged room, took a seat at one of the benches arranged around the dimly lit room and noticed a drummer, pianist and bass player onstage.

Rabbi Steven Blane, left, marks the High Holy Days with a jazz service sponsored by his Sim Shalom synagogue.

Seven Lessons Of 5773

The old saying about the holidays always coming early or late isn't quite true.

08/27/2013
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On the cusp of a new Jewish year, here are a few things I absorbed during the one drawing to a close:

The old saying about the Jewish holidays always coming early or late isn’t quite true.

Gary Rosenblatt

This Rosh HaShanah, Return To Sender

The holiday invites us back to the beginning, and to our best selves.

08/27/2013
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Have you ever gotten a piece of mail back from the post office — one stamped with that funny-looking hand, and bearing the words “Return to Sender”? Well, I recently did, and as I began to think about both those words, and the pointing hand that accompanied them, I began to think about how appropriate it was to get that message as Rosh HaShanah was fast approaching.

Rabbi Brad Hirschfield

Schmoozing With The Challah Fairy

Chanalee Fischer, aka the "Challah Fairy," is busy at her bakery in preparation for Rosh Hashanah.

08/22/2013
Food & Wine Editor
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Meet Chanalee Fischer, aka the "Challah Fairy." Maybe you’ve seen her challahs at Seasons, or at Prime Butcher Baker, or even visited her café in New City, New York. Fischer started baking challahs out of her home when her children were young, delivering them to her neighbor’s mailboxes on Friday afternoons. That’s how she got her title, the Challah Fairy. When her kids got a little older, she decided to turn her knack for kneading into a business. She's playful when it comes to inventing new flavors for her challahs. Her oreo challah is a best-seller, and around Thanksgiving people eagerly await her apple-cranberry challah. Her plain, poppy, sesame and crumb ones are always for sale. In the weeks leading up to Rosh Hashanah Fischer is busier than ever baking challahs and taking orders. Fortunately, she made some time to schmooze about non-challah related things, like why froyo is overrated and her signature omelet trick.

The Challah Fairy. Photo courtesy Chanalee Fischer

Fairway And The KOF-K

Prepared holiday meals available at all 13 Fairways this year.

08/15/2013
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Fairway Market, the grocery store giant known for kosher products like European house-brand olive oil, is making its prepared holiday meals available in many more of its stores this year – all 13 of them.

Customers at the Upper West Side store will be able to buy prepared kosher holiday meals this year. Photo courtesy Fairway

Learning Gratitude In Graduate School

Last month, hundreds, upon thousands, upon millions of students went back to school.  Although not quite as adorably as my 5th grade neighbor decked out in her first-day-of-school finest, I, too, returned to the world of academia. Starting my second year of graduate school, I was not even a little surprised when on the first day of classes, my peers and I couldn’t even get through the first class without bitching.

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The High Cost of Judging How Other People Spend their Money

09/28/2012
Jewish Week Online Columnist

If we’re not already Facebook friends, please come find me. You’ll get updated on what my son Jacob is baking for Shabbat, what sports victory my daughter Sophie is celebrating this week, and how patient my husband Michael is in managing all of our personalities and schedules without losing his sanity.

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Texting on Rosh Hashanah

There was undoubtedly more texting in shul this Rosh Hashanah than in past years. In most liberal congregations, texting was likely done as discreetly as possible, often with a cellphone hidden low in one's lap. In some congregations it might have been more overtly outside in the lobby or perhaps outside the synagogue building.

Is it tactful to text during Rosh Hashanah services?

High Holidays Services In Alexandria, Egypt, Said To Be Hampered

09/14/2012
Staff Writer

There are conflicting reports over whether the handful of elderly Jews living in Alexandria, Egypt, will be able to attend High Holy Day services beginning Sunday evening. But one thing is clear: any service would be held without a rabbi and cantor and without a minyan of 10 men.

Published reports – subsequently denied – said Egyptian authorities had ordered the cancellation of Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur services at Alexandria's Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue due to security concerns.

High Holidays Services In Alexandria, Egypt, Said To Be Hampered

09/14/2012
Staff Writer

There are conflicting reports over whether the handful of elderly Jews living in Alexandria, Egypt, will be able to attend High Holy Day services beginning Sunday evening. But one thing is clear: any service would be held without a rabbi and cantor and without a minyan of 10 men.

Published reports – subsequently denied – said Egyptian authorities had ordered the cancellation of Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur services at Alexandria's Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue due to security concerns.

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