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Four deeper meanings of the lulav and etrog

Like Abraham and Sarah, a bagel and schmear, or apples and pie, the lulav and etrog are a perfect pair. The lulav and etrog...

Hinenu: The Baltimore Justice Shtiebl releases Sukkot guide

Hinenu: The Baltimore Justice Shtiebl, an unaffiliated congregation of 130 households, usually celebrates Sukkot with a communal sukkah, but that won’t be possible this...
Avraham Cohen's sukkah (courtesy)

How Baltimoreans are making sukkahs this year

The construction of a happy holiday Though Sukkot looks a little different this year, it hasn’t stopped the community from building sukkahs. At Beth El Congregation...
Rabbi Belinsky (David Stuck)

Baltimorean rabbis share thoughts to guide Yom Kippur introspection

Leviticus 16:30 says that on Yom Kippur, which begins this year the evening of Sept. 27, “He will forgive you, to purify you, that...
Eat light before the fast, with small amounts of carbs, some protein and fruit like grapes. (Larry Koester/Flickr)

7 tips for staying healthy during the Yom Kippur fast

By Dr. Tzvi Dwolatzky (My Jewish Learning via JTA) There is a marked difference between the intended feeling of being uncomfortable with not eating or...
an outdoor, socially distanced service

Rosh Hashanah dinner, Yom Kippur break-fast, sukkah hops: How risky are these High Holiday...

When Passover arrived just a few weeks after the pandemic set in earlier this year, it was clear that seders with families and friends...

Community leaders share their thoughts for the Jewish New Year

“This past year has been extraordinarily challenging in so many ways for all of us. I hope that in this next year, I will...
(Kar-Ben Publishing)

4 new children’s books to brighten up the Jewish New Year

By Penny Schwartz | JTA Sparkling stars and the light of the full harvest moon comfort a young boy and his older sister as they...
Huppit Bartov Miller and family (David Stuck)

Family fun for Rosh Hashanah: Bloggers and artists get creative for the High Holidays

This year, seasons and holidays may feel like a shadow of what they used to be. Will we be doing the same Zoom events...
lamb chops

Rosh Hashanah dinner, a deux

  By Keri White As with many folks this year, our Rosh Hashanah gathering will be quite small — probably just my husband and me. Rather than...