Need a Reason to Repent? The Answer—No Matter Who You Are—Can Be Found Here

The poem ‘Unetaneh Tokef’ reminds us that we can change our own character, even if we cannot completely control our future

You Can Have Your Brisket and Eat It, Too: Staying Healthy for the Holidays

How to enjoy the traditional meals you love on the High Holidays without sacrificing good nutrition—or splitting your pants

Learning About the Birds and the Bees—and the Jews—on Rosh Hashanah

The value of Jewish laws regulating sex is evident in the honeybees that produce the honey we use to sweeten our new year

How To Bake the Ultimate Challah—for Rosh Hashanah or Anytime

Video: A round loaf of bread is a traditional part of a menu for the Jewish New Year, but you should still braid the dough

High Holiday Services Are Boring. Here’s How We Can Fix Them.

Rabbis and congregants alike have made synagogue dull. But together we can make it more meaningful and more compelling.

In the Talmud, Minds Full of Torah Instead of Bowls Full of Sacrificial Blood

Daf Yomi: Could Judaism ever go back to now-alien-seeming rituals from before the destruction of the Temple?

Portrait of the Author as a Young Man—Serving in the Israeli Army

My brother was the first to read one of my stories. His unexpected reaction helped me understand the magic of writing.

Taking My First Trip to Ukraine, Under the Watchful Eyes of Jesus

A visit to Lviv for my brother’s wedding showed that for some Jews with Eastern European roots, you can’t go home again

Not a Chef, Not a Restaurateur, but an Expert on Jewish Culinary Literature

Meet Janice Bluestein Longone, the woman behind one of the most important collections of American culinary ephemera

Not Just for Kids: Three Knockout Biographies Bring Three Awesome Jews to Life

New books about Albert Einstein, labor organizer Clara Lemlich, and mathematician Paul Erdős will inspire readers of all ages

Good Jewish Fences Once Made Good Jewish Neighbors. Do They Still?

One of many ancient local customs analyzed in this week’s Talmud study is the habit of separating Jews from gentiles

How To Bake Jewish Treats Just Like Mom Used To Make—Minus the Gluten

In ‘Nosh on This,’ a husband and wife create a cookbook with gluten-free recipes for everything from rugelach to hamantashen

Culinary Revolution Brings the Flavor of the Far East to the Middle East

Chinese food has long been a staple, but now Israeli restaurants offer dishes from Thailand, Japan, Vietnam, and India

New Jewish Rituals Offer Comfort to Women Who Have Had Abortions

‘Not being able to process it religiously makes it a very hard experience. We thought it’s important to give it a voice.’

Are American Jews Creating a New Jewishness, or Just Abandoning the Real Kind?

Most American Jews have effectively cast off rabbinic guidance. Would the Talmud’s rabbis have respected us for it, or disdained us?

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