November 17, 2018

Religion

Aaron Potek, the 31-year-old rabbi for GatherDC, a nondenominational group that does outreach to young Jewish professionals.
In their Rosh Hashanah sermons, rabbis from across the spectrum called for their communities to act out Jewish values to combat hate and bigotry.
With the holiday of Sukkot just around the corner, it’s not too early to start thinking of creative ways to decorate the sukkah.
Yom Kippur is a time of prayer and fasting during which Jews ask God for forgiveness and think about their actions and sins of the past year.
Fasting on Yom Kippur is a delicate matter for observant Jews recovering from eating disorders, whether or not they partake in the ritual.
Again and again, our liturgy suggests the image of gates closing. We rush to squeeze through, but the gates are closing. Which gates?
For me, the compelling power of the Kol Nidre prayer is founded on two truths: 1) the meaning is the moment, and 2) the power of melody.
You are not sure why you don’t want to be late for Kol Nidre. Somewhere in your head the majestic music and solemn words are calling.
On the High Holy Days of years past, when he stood before thousands of congregants, Rabbi Joshua Davidson stuck to universal and uncontroversial topics.
The Panoramic Sukkah is a creation by Andy “Eliyahu” Alpern, a photographer specializing in 360-degree images.
America is turning from a place with an undercurrent of antisemitism, to a place in which antisemitism is condoned by the state.
My name is Steve and I’m procrastinator. For years the staff has known that when my assistant says, “Steve is home working on his High Holy Day sermons.”
This summer, Michelle and I donned our wetsuits, pulled up our oversized boots, and climbed aboard our raft for a guided ride down Alaska’s Chulitna River.
What would that look like, if you were to paint it, the Spirit hovering over the waters? Van Gogh’s somersaulting spirals, a sky-born Chagall figure.
Televangelist Joel Osteen opened his Lakewood Church in Houston to a Jewish congregation in need of a place to hold High Holidays services.
Yom Kippur, one of the holiest and most important days of the Jewish year, is observed by prayer and fasting all day.
Chusid is a self-described ba’al tekiah, a shofar master blaster, and creator of the blog “Hearing Shofar.” He studies them. He buys them.
Rabbi David Baron of Temple of the Arts learned the hard way the lesson of discussing politics on the High Holy Days.
Jennifer Stempel, a Los Angeles-based writer, changed her approach to life after hearing a High Holy Days sermon at Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills.
Picture services for the High Holy Days: What likely comes to mind is a roomful of congregants sitting with heavy books in their laps.
As the High Holy Days approach, it’s natural to start thinking about the biggies. Like, who am I? What am I doing with my life?
It’s 1999, two days before Rosh Hashanah, and I can’t think of anything positive to look forward to in the coming year.
As congregants climb the stairs to reach High Holy Days services at UCLA Hillel, they will be surrounded by far more than empty walls.
Rosh Hashanah, which means “head of the year,” is the Jewish New Year. According to tradition, it is the day God created Adam and Eve.
As this Rosh Hashanah neared, I wondered if even a shofar blast could clear away the Charlottesville chant of “Jews won’t replace us.”
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