Jewish wisdom reminds us that knowledge is not significant if it doesn't engage, mobilize, and connect. Disinterested information doesn't constitute wisdom until it can inspire awe, deepen comprehension, and inspire transformation.
It took me about a week to figure out this was a zucchini. Whoops. I really should have noticed that back in July. But life just gets so busy, you k...
Why do we head outside on Sukkot so soon after Yom Kippur?
I became aware of the BeamPro at a trade show a year or so back. To me it seemed like a complete parlor trick. Moving it has to be clunky at best and the experience is cute, but ultimately meaningless... or so I thought.
Any Jew who has just finished attending many hours of worship services during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur ought to know that the liturgy of these holidays is not just about us. Too many prefer to see these holy days only through separatist lenses.
So you're feeling a little in the dark as to what your Jewish friends are up to this weekend. You're wondering what exactly is Yom Kippur. Well, my marriage to a nice Jewish boy has taught me a thing or two about the traditions.
What this time signified to me, more than anything, was the separation of the young and carefree from the old and sad. We were the "us," chasing each other through the poorly tended grass, laughing.
No doubt, it is our natural instincts as parents to protect our kids from any harm. To watch them suffer is harder on us -- many times -- than on them.
It's the Jewish new year. Big holiday. Obscene amounts of food. Long hours in the synagogue. This year, I did something different. Instead of using the synagogue prayer book designated for the holiday, I took my own prayer book.
On the day of the Jewish New Year, the President of Indonesia, the country with the world's largest Muslim population, visited Washington, DC and spoke out for religious tolerance.
Even if most Jews do not take the world's age literally, Rosh Hashanah's sweet themes of personal and communal renewal and re-creation, deserve this delicacy.
For Jews, Rosh Hashanah is the equivalent of the Thanksgiving conundrum. But one political issue is more explosive than all the others put together. The political cause that supposedly all unites Jews but -- as any Jewish leader will tell you -- threatens to tear us apart. Israel.
Today is Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, when you can trade in your English Happy New Year for the Hebrew L'shana tovah meaning "for a good year". The party begins promptly at sundown, so the common joke among revelers scrambling to leave their nine-to-five is to call it "Rush-a Home-a" (insert laugh track).
At home I never went to religious school and was not bar mitzvahed. We went as a family to services on the high holy days. My father always said, 'we go to be counted.' We went as part of the team.
Nothing interesting is happening on the dinner table, although it's hard to say just how many days, since as a dog, I have no sense of time whatsoever. But apparently, those are the days on which most of the atoning gets done.
As the canary birds of history, Jews will pray this year not only for blessings for our people but for a world that we have all too clearly seen inevitably shares our fate.