President Baruch O. Bauma, head of The White House Synagogue (commonly known as The White Shul) in downtown Washington, D.C., announced today that he was in favor of gays and lesbians in his congregation being granted the same rights currently enjoyed by all other members.
One of the most venerable culinary customs in Judaism is eating sweet foods on Rosh HaShanah, particularly ones flavored with honey: honey on challah, honey on apples and even honey cake. Adding a few sips (or glasses) of a honey-like dessert wine can make a wonderful supplement to the holiday meal.
Give the saccharine side its due and turn it into a cake.
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This is the next installment of our new series “The Remix,” in which we gently tweak the more challenging dishes in the Jewish culinary canon. With a little bit of love, we’re convinced we can make even these dishes delicious, even the ones that seem bizarre to the modern palate.
Dress a roaster with apples and honey for an easy meal.
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The Days of Awe are aptly named. Beginning with the blast of the shofar, the 10-day period between Rosh HaShanah through Yom Kippur is our opportunity to contemplate our lives and our relationships with our creator. It is a solemn time.
On Wednesday, Aug. 22, in synagogues around the world, the first of the pre-Rosh HaShanah shofar blasts were blown, to note the beginning of the month of Elul. For the kosher wine industry, those shofar blasts were like a starters’ pistol, marking the beginning of an annual race to bring the new crop of kosher wines to the market. During the next month (and during the month before Passover) more kosher wine will be sold than at any times during the year.
Jams for coexistence, fair-trade yads and freedom napkins.
Few things make us as conscious of time passing as the approach of the New Year. “So teach us to number our days, that we may get a heart of wisdom,” the psalmist writes. A wall clock by Israeli designer Barbara Shaw, who makes gift items out of hand-designed fabrics, features her striking pomegranates in deep reds. The clock, assembled by hand, is printed laminate on wood composite, and works by battery. (You’ll also find a vase, a tote bag, place mats, cushions and more in the same pattern.)
‘Diary of the Fall” by Michel Laub (Other Press) is a literary novel exploring memory and history, as a young man who is the grandson of a Holocaust survivor and the son of a father suffering from Alzheimer’s looks back at a mistake in his own past, searching for forgiveness. Laub was named one of Granta’s Best Young Brazilian Novelists. (September)