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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

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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

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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.

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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?

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Weighing the Options

When a teenager’s weight issues and Jewish identity intersect

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Shanah Tova From Donald Fagen

The genius of Steely Dan talks blacks, Jews, and Lenny Bruce—and his new record, Sunken Condos

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Sundown: One IDF Soldier Killed in Attack From Egypt

Plus Palestinians to seek symbolic ‘nonmember state’ status at United Nations

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#Trending: High Holiday Tweets and Texts

To reach the kids, services are adapting to include technology

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Daybreak: New Mohammad Cartoons Published

Plus Romney on one-state solution and Gilad Shalit’s Rosh Hashanah letter

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Daybreak: Libya Attacks Came in Two Waves

Plus violents protests carry into Friday and spread

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How I Learned To Drink

Long before I discovered Bloody Marys and martinis, I loved Manischewitz Concord grape wine

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Doctor’s Orders: Sing This Song

Singing is a potent therapeutic tool—that’s why I started leading a weekly sing-along for cancer patients

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What To Do in 5773

Dr. Ruth, Shmuley Boteach, Mayim Bialik, Shalom Auslander, and 23 more on ensuring a meaningful year

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Comparing Apples to Apples

Dipping apples in honey for Rosh Hashanah? Here’s a guide to picking the best ingredients for a sweet new year.

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Teaching Kids To Apologize

The High Holidays are the perfect time to instruct children in the art of saying ‘I’m sorry’—and meaning it

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Make a Better Brisket

With star chef Adam Sobel’s recipe, nobody has an excuse for dry, overcooked meat this Rosh Hashanah

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Finding My Spiritual Safety Net in Synagogue

I led Rosh Hashanah services while awaiting my mom’s diagnosis and was reborn before the congregation

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Make Some Noise in Synagogue

Prayer shouldn’t be a spectator sport. So why do so many shuls insist that congregants sit in silence?

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Yizkor, Book: On Yom Kippur, Offering a Blessing for the Life and Death of Books

On Yom Kippur, a day of remembrance, offering a blessing for the life and death of books

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Overtime

The second day of some Jewish holidays is mandated by rabbinic tradition, not Torah law. In today’s world, they’re increasingly hard to observe.

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Reprise

My father would chant Torah on Rosh Hashanah’s second day—the binding of Isaac. The holiday reminds me of him and his beloved Mahler symphonies.

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Love Story

Some food will improve your meal; brisket improves your life. In time for the holidays, a book looks at the most beloved of Jewish delicacies.

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An App for That

From an iPhone shofar to smart Siddurs, the software company founded by twins Barry and Ronnie Schwartz dominates the Jewish app market

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Talking Points

After the Arab Spring, a summer of Israeli protests, and the Palestinian bid for statehood, what will rabbis say in their High Holiday sermons?

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Sweet and Sour

From crispy rice to chickpea dumplings, Persian Jewish cuisine offers new and different ways to celebrate the New Year

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The United Nations vs. Rosh Hashanah

What happens if Israeli diplomats must work on the High Holiday?

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Eid Gives U.N. Jews Rosh Hashanah Off

When they work in Turtle Bay

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Recycling Time

Rosh Hashanah, a reminder of the cyclical nature of Jewish life, provides good lessons for parenting

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Parts of the Whole

In the reflective period of the High Holidays, Tablet Magazine—together with rabbis and writers—considers the debate over Jewish identity and makes an argument for inclusiveness

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Visiting the Dead

A visit to New York’s Mount Carmel Cemetery highlights how far American Jews have drifted from their immigrant ancestors, geographically and ritually

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