The Jewish New Year is cleanup time—even at the Kotel
How an economics professor and an 18th-century rabbi helped me make better choices
Summer camp, Sarah McLachlan, and the sound of the shofar
What I learned leading High Holiday services at Rikers Island
A little-known parable from 1930 gives us a new way of hearing the shofar
After I left the Orthodox world—and my marriage—I found a new place to observe the Jewish New Year: on a different kind of path
It’s not easy for a parent to let a child go. A lesson I learned at Yom Kippur services made it just a bit easier.
In the Bay Area, Karaite Jews struggle to build a future in America
The yes or the no of it: What does it matter?
Despite request, NFL schedules opener after start of the High Holiday
Hannah visited the high priest before conceiving Samuel. What happened?
For a convert to Judaism, the Days of Awe mark a renewed commitment—this year more than ever
My mother has corresponded with inmates for years, offering a sense of community—especially during the High Holidays
Just because you’re in synagogue doesn’t mean you have to read what’s in the prayer book
If Israel and the Holocaust are most Jews’ points of identification, which holidays are really the High Holidays?
The actress also enjoys challah, french fries, and gardens
This year, Jewish fashion industry insiders have to choose: shul or runway
The poem ‘Unetaneh Tokef’ reminds us that we can change our own character, even if we cannot completely control our future
The genius of Steely Dan talks blacks, Jews, and Lenny Bruce—and his new record, Sunken Condos
Long before I discovered Bloody Marys and martinis, I loved Manischewitz Concord grape wine
I led Rosh Hashanah services while awaiting my mom’s diagnosis and was reborn before the congregation
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.
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.
After the Arab Spring, a summer of Israeli protests, and the Palestinian bid for statehood, what will rabbis say in their High Holiday sermons?