The disturbing recent news about the bloody protests in the Arab world incited by a video defaming the Prophet Muhammad remind me of a story associated with Rosh Hashanah, which begins on Sunday at sundown. When Rosh Hashanah begins, the Jewish calendar will enter the year 5773. According to the tradition, exactly 5773 years ago, [...]
How do we spiritually prepare for the High Holidays during the busiest time of the year?
We are nearly halfway through the month of Elul, the final month of the Jewish year. With Elul’s arrival, we usher in a period of personal introspection, repentance and spiritual renewal, which takes us through the High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year and Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, Judaism’s holiest day. [...]
The season of one-night stands with Judaism draws nigh. Next month, countless Jews will go to synagogues for the High Holy Days (Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur) and then take a respite from Judaism until it’s time to light Hanukkah candles or enjoy a Passover seder. Someone: “I went out with your friend Judaism.” Me: [...]
Yom Kippur, or the Day of Atonement, is the holiest day on the Jewish calendar. Yom Kippur is one of the most widely observed of Jewish holidays, marked by a solemn, 25-hour fast and abstinence from wearing leather shoes, bathing, using perfumes or cosmetics and sexual relations. Yom Kippur concludes the Ten Days of Repentance, [...]
Candles glimmer on the table and challah passes from hand to hand, the loaf dwindles and smiles grow, as the year of 5771 fades away and the new year brightens in our midst. I look back on a year that was truly sweet and full of blessing. In a time when so many face uncertainty [...]