High Holy Days

Let’s Do It For Sandy!

09/21/2015 - 20:00

No one remembers the baseball games that Sandy Koufax played.

Sandy Koufax. By publicity still (N.Y. Public Library Picture Collection) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

Yom Kippur: Just A Littler Lower Than The Angels

The author of 'The Best Boy in the United States of America' says this is his favorite holiday.

09/21/2015 - 20:00

On the High Holy Days, we all become authors. We look back on the past year, recalling our good deeds and misdeeds, and look forward to a New Year when we write the next chapter in our Book of Life. During the Ten Days of Awe-someness, the traditional liturgy assures us that teshuvah – return, tefilla, reflection and tzedakah – righteous acts of justice will ensure a year of meaning, and purpose, belonging and blessing. The rabbis had a name for this process: cheshbon ha-nefesh, an accounting of the soul.

The author's soon-to-be-published memoir.

The Fault Lines Within Us

A key element of repentance is asking directly for forgiveness, and that’s where we have a problem this year.

09/08/2015 - 20:00
Editor and Publisher

Rosh HaShanah is upon us but it doesn’t feel like we’re ready this year.

Gary Rosenblatt

If You Build It, It May Fall

Each sukkah must strike a delicate balance between material protection and the need for God’s shelter.

10/07/2014 - 20:00

When it comes to hardware stores, count me as a One-Day-A-Year Jew — and that day is comes around just before the holiday of Sukkot, when over the years I would struggle to put up our family sukkah in the backyard. Thank God it only has to stand for eight days.

Gary Rosenblatt

Secrets Of The Holy Day

09/30/2014 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

“And Aaron is to come to the Tent of Meeting and remove the linen garments that he had put on before entering the Sanctuary, and he is to leave them there” [Leviticus 16:23].

Not only were these vestments removed, but the clothing that the Kohen Gadol (High Priest) wore when he achieved complete forgiveness for the Jewish People had to be buried. Those clothes were never to be worn again, not by him and not by anyone else. 

Rabbi Neal Fleischmann

For Israel, A Difficult Season Of Reckoning

09/30/2014 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

The season of reckoning is upon us. This is the time of the High Holy Days, when we are called upon to go into introspection mode and identify particular sins of commission or omission. Jewish tradition calls upon us to repent and to make amends.

Rabbi Sid Schwarz

Nailing It Down

Getting a manicure, complete with a Jewish history lesson.

09/30/2014 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Before every major holiday, I indulge in a special manicure featuring Jewish-themed nail decals with my son’s girlfriend Vivyan. For Chanukah, the tiny blue dreidels spin with every wave of our hands. On Passover, the plagues are upon us — hail on our thumbs, shank bones on our pinkies. Even though I never intended a manicure to be anything other than a manicure, this fun tradition has also unexpectedly become a painless opportunity to explain Jewish customs and history to Vivyan, a Buddhist Vietnamese-American.

Angela Himsel

Preparing The Wall For The High Holidays

09/30/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

According to legend, a destitute man came to a rabbinic sage in Jerusalem in the middle of the 18th century, complaining of his economic plight. The rabbi’s advice: He wrote an amulet on parchment and instructed the man to place it between the stones of what was then called the Wailing Wall.

New Cantor Building Musical Bridges Across Traditions

Chazzan George Mordecai filling big shoes in White Plains.

09/23/2014 - 20:00
Westchester Correspondent

It’s not easy stepping into the shoes of legendary Cantor Jacob Mendelson, especially as the High Holy Days roll around. The cantor, who is the subject of the 2005 documentary “A Cantor’s Tale,” is renowned not only at Temple Israel Center in White Plains, but throughout the Jewish liturgical world as well for his voice, musical talents, presence and inspiration to the generations of cantors he trained.

Chazzan George Mordecai came to Westchester from Australia, with stops in Israel and several U.S. congregations.

Synagogues Get Their Own (Scape)Goat

09/23/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

When Sarah Lefton first came up with the pre-Yom Kippur app eScapegoat, she thought it would be a cute way to bring awareness to the Leviticus story behind the ritual of atonement.

eScapegoat app offers an online way to do repentance for the High Holy Days.
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