Rosh Hashanah

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.

Celebrating Second Chances On Rosh HaShanah

09/11/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

Who doesn’t need a second chance? Each of us has something we wish we could do over, start fresh or finish differently. Don’t you? Well, Rosh HaShanah is your opportunity. At its core, Rosh HaShanah promises us that we can transcend the past and get that second chance that each of us needs in at least some part of our lives.  

Rabbi Brad Hirschfield

Jewish Values Survey: Social Justice Is Central; Obama At 62 Percent

04/03/2012
Staff Writer

A majority of American Jews are welcoming of immigrants, favorably disposed towards American Muslims, support legalizing same-sex marriage, favor legal abortions and oppose overturning the recent health care law, according to a Jewish Values Survey released Tuesday.

It is perhaps no wonder then that the campaigns of this year’s Republican presidential candidates have had little resonance with most American Jews.

Gefilte Fish Gets Its Own Video Game

I thought something smelled fishy when I received an email from fellow blogger Esther Kustanowitz today. Indeed it was. I was hopeful that the skilled writer had sent me a well-crafted sermon that I could simply deliver on Rosh Hashanah morning, but instead it was only an email to inform me that her friend Asael Kahana of K/Logic had created an interactive Rosh Hashanah card that is a mashup between Gefilte fish and Space Invaders.

Asael Kahana draws on his Gefilte fetish to create video game for Rosh Hashanah

Having A Blast In Central Park: Shofar Event Aimed At Unaffiliated

09/26/2011
It's that time of year in New York, when coats come out of closets, leaves turn colors -- and the sound of the ram’s horn echoes through Central Park.
 
On Sept. 29, the first day of the Jewish New Year, Rabbi Yisrael Kugel of Chabad Centers of Manhattan will perform the ritual Rosh Hashannah shofar blowing at the Central Park bandshell. He sees the Biblical instrument as an outreach vehicle uniquely tuned to the ears of the unaffiliated and the disinterested.
 
Rabbi Yisroel Kugel gets in some shofar practice with daughters Musia, left, and Sara.

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

Going Digital for Repentance

Robin Chotzinoff reflects in the August/September 2010 issue of Hadassah Magazine about how she observed the Aseret Yemei Teshuvah (the ten days of repentance) last year by answering a series of e-mail questions from 10Q. Ben Greeman, who launched the project in 2008 explains that "we tried to let people tap back into tradition, but without feeling like they have to pass an entrance exam."

Repent, Renew & Rejuvenate with Reboot's 10Q this Year

Bread and Water

The ritual of Tashlich brings together all kinds of Jews and all kinds of sins.

Special to the Jewish Week
09/08/2010

It’s a glorious late summer/early fall evening in Riverside Park on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. The setting sun smiles like in a 6-year-old’s art-work, dappling the surface of the lazily flowing Hudson. Cottony clouds slowly turn crimson. And the park promenade is thronged four and five deep—with Jews.

Tashlich, Šiauliai, 1930s. FROM THE ARCHIVES OF THE YIVO INSTITUTE FOR JEWISH RESEARCH, NEW YORK.

Obama to Rabbis: Securing Israel Critical for Peace

09/08/2010

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- President Obama told American rabbis that securing Israel was critical to the peace process.

The president, in a 35-minute Rosh Hashanah call Tuesday with 600 rabbis of all denominations, said his administration's efforts to reassure the Israeli government of U.S. backing for its security helped bring about the renewed peace process.

The Obama administration in the past year has enhanced intelligence sharing and missile defense cooperation with Israel, and has taken the lead in isolating Iran until it makes transparent its nuclear program.

High Holidays For The 'Unaffiliated'

So, I've decided to fork over the money and become a full-fledged synagogue member -- which means, among other things, my family and I have a place to go for the holidays. Will fill you in on the details in my next post.

For those of you who are still what Jewish insiders refer to in troubled voices as "The Unaffiliated," (usually in the same worried tone as they say "The Intermarried") there are lots of options if you want to go to High Holiday services next week.

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