Rabbis and congregants alike have made synagogue dull. But together we can make it more meaningful and more compelling.
After my mother died, I couldn’t recite the High Holiday prayer anymore—until I gained a new understanding of its words
Try Greek thyme honey—dip your apples in it, or make a special baklava—for a truly sweet new year
Video: Use a different ‘new fruit’ and try this Italian plum tart
Video: Throw away your jars of gray fish patties. This Rosh Hashanah, make a terrine that’ll have doubters asking for seconds.
How to enjoy the traditional meals you love on the High Holidays without sacrificing good nutrition—or splitting your pants
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
From crispy rice to chickpea dumplings, Persian Jewish cuisine offers new and different ways to celebrate the New Year
The value of Jewish laws regulating sex is evident in the honeybees that produce the honey we use to sweeten our new year
Prayer shouldn’t be a spectator sport. So why do so many shuls insist that congregants sit in silence?
The High Holidays are the perfect time to instruct children in the art of saying ‘I’m sorry’—and meaning it
Singing is a potent therapeutic tool—that’s why I started leading a weekly sing-along for cancer patients
Rosh Hashanah, a reminder of the cyclical nature of Jewish life, provides good lessons for parenting
Joining the Breslovers—and my cousin—for Rosh Hashanah in Ukraine
My father shares the family plot at the cemetery with my mother—and with his second wife, who broke up our family
Our public schools have few Jews left. We should let everyone go to school on Jewish holidays.
Just because you’re in synagogue doesn’t mean you have to read what’s in the prayer book
I led Rosh Hashanah services while awaiting my mom’s diagnosis and was reborn before the congregation
What I learned about myself and my family by leading High Holiday services at UCLA
From the archives: An illustrated remembrance of High Holidays past