Jewish New Year

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Is it funny to be Jewish? Is it Jewish to be funny?

Sept. 4, 2013Communal Tallits are laid in the lobby for visitors to the Adas Israel Congregation in Washington, D.C. The … Continued

The Days of Awe and the years of horror

Sept. 3, 2013A worker removes notes from the cracks of the Western Wall. Workers cleaned out the cracks Sunday and … Continued

High holidays for Jewish atheists

I commemorate this time of year partly due to my Jewish tradition, but also because I want to help change that tradition into a more godless one.

Yom Kippur in Israel: Immense quiet

Oded Balilty AP An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man holds a chicken during the Kaparot ritual, in which it is believed that … Continued

Rosh Hashanah: The start of a new year for humankind as a whole

REUTERS Jewish worshippers pray at the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest prayer site, in Jerusalem’s Old City Sept. 16, 2012, ahead … Continued

Shining a light in Odessa

As a child, one of my favorite pleasures each week was going to synagogue with my parents. At the end … Continued

Forgiving Todd Akin

AP Todd Akin speaks in Jefferson City, Mo., on Aug. 10. Missouri Rep. Todd Akin has vowed to stay in … Continued

Rosh Hashanah, a Check-Up For the Soul

One of four new years, Rosh Hashanah is the biggie — when we ask for forgiveness and start the next year with a clean slate.

Rosh Hashanah Etiquette Guide

Congress closes. Some schools close. Jewish friends are nicer than usual. What’s going on here?

Atheism and ignorance

In a Pew Forum survey released Tuesday, atheists and agnostic surpass all other groups in their knowledge of religion. How … Continued

Woody Allen’s religion: Any difference between religious faith and fortune cookies?

Woody Allen, was a bit uncomfortable when wished a happy Jewish New Year by his interviewer, Dave Itzkoff, responding “That’s … Continued

The past: far more than prologue

By Menachem Z. Rosensaft Who are we if not the product of our past? And sometimes we realize that the … Continued

Jewish new year: Rosh Hashanah’s spiritual performance review

“You inscribe, seal, record, recount and recall all forgotten things” High Holiday Prayerbook We’re all familiar with magazine and newspaper … Continued

A Rosh Hashanah resolution for Labor Day: helping workers

By Jeremy Burton This September 8th at sundown Jewish communities around the world will begin our celebration of Rosh Hashanah, … Continued

The spiritual convergence of Rosh Hashanah, Eid al-Fitr and 9/11

By Rabbi Marc Schneier and Imam Shamsi Ali As American Muslims observe the last days of Ramadan and American Jews … Continued

A Path to Jewish Renaissance

Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish calendar, is also known as the day you can’t get a seat … Continued

Returning to Truth in Our Nation and World

In this Jewish New Year, we find ourselves in a world shaped by leaders who have forgotten that their authority … Continued

Changing More Than a Light Bulb

The environment is a hot topic these days. One can scarcely read the news magazines without finding mention of the … Continued

A Post-Yom Kippur Confession

I have a confession to make. This year, during the month leading up to the High Holidays and even during … Continued

Madonna: Friend to Israel or Poser?

“Madonna tells Peres she is ‘in love with Israel.’” The other day I came across this headline on the English … Continued