June 19, 2019

Religion

For several months now, I have been dreaming of finding the perfect lulav — a palm frond the Torah requires us to wave on Sukkot. 
Dina and Fred Leeds have, arguably, the most glamorous sukkah in town. It has three chandeliers and a long, linen-topped table with seating for 40.
Can you say you love your body? I wish I could. I’m embarrassed not to love this vessel that has served me so well. 
It took three phone calls via WhatsApp to connect with Rabbi Mendel Zarchi in San Juan. A week after Hurricane Maria had torn through the region.
Some local rabbis have shunned the idea of bringing politics to the pulpit, but Rabbi John Rosove of Temple Israel of Hollywood is not one of them.
Mark Zuckerberg wrote last December on Facebook that for him, “religion is very important.” Looks like he meant it.
Hebrew Discovery Center is one of the remaining synagogues to observe kapparot, the ritual killing of chickens performed during the Days of Awe.
One of the more colorful portions of the daylong Yom Kippur liturgy is the reading of the book of Jonah, an enigmatic narrative of a reluctant prophet.
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.
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