Rosh Hashanah

High Holiday ‘Miracle’

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Fifteen years ago, Frank Levy rushed to George Runkles’ hospital room, bracing himself for the inevitable. But he wasn’t ready to say goodbye just...

Do Jews Believe in Miracles?

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I found myself pondering the ideas of miracles, the power of prayer and whether or not God is an interventionist as I read Justin...

For CrossFit Cantor, It’s All About Discipline

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The sun has barely crept over the horizon when Rhoda Harrison leaves her Mount Washington home for a fitness center tucked into the outskirts...

Pay to Pray?

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When I was a kid attending services at Temple Emanuel, I was fascinated by the concept of synagogues charging money for High Holiday services....

Creating a Festive Table

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Food is always my focus when it comes to planning a get-together, and the holidays amplify that emphasis. I devote my energy to the menu...

High Holiday Tickets Are Serious Business for Synagogues, Congregants

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There's an old joke about a boy who shows up at a synagogue on Yom Kippur. The usher tells him he can’t come in...

Security a Top Priority during High Holidays

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After a year of high-profile anti-Semitic incidents, including a rash of bomb threats, local officials are planning to beef up security this year for...

The Mitzvah of Shofar Blowing Is a Learned Discipline

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Perhaps two of the most rewarding mitzvahs each year occur during a series of loud howls and screeches. Now if this is your first...

High Holiday Celebrations Include More Than Religious Services

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As synagogues throughout the community get ready for High Holiday services, dinners, special music programs and guest cantors, a number of nonreligious High Holiday...

Have a Very Veggie Holiday

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Here’s a tricky one: If a vegan were to garnish his or her “nonmeat meat” product (say, a tofu dog) with nondairy cheese, would...