Monday, January 25, 2021


high holy days

What Does it Mean to Have a Deeper Yom Kippur?

Rosh Hashanah begins the work. Yom Kippur seals it. But only if you are willing to go deep.

The Sweetness of Yom Kippurs Past

Sharon Gomperts: My family is visiting the apartment building in Israel where my uncles and their families live. I awake in the middle of...

High Holy Days or High Fever?

 In a year like no other, it was a Rosh Hashanah like no other. 

Discovering Communities During Rosh Hashanah

Community. We talk so much about it: the meaning of community; why it is needed; what it means to belong to a community; what...

Joe and Jill Biden Make Their Pitch to the Jewish Community

Around 6,000 people registered to be on a call with Democratic Presidential Nominee Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, to speak directly to the Jewish community. 

When We Say ‘Shanah Tovah’ Let’s Remember ‘Shabbat Shalom’

The deep contemplation that Rosh Hashanah demands is enhanced by the Shabbat experience.

Table for Five: Rosh Hashanah

One verse, five voices. Edited by Salvador Litvak, the Accidental Talmudist There are four days in the year that serve as the New Year, and...

5781 Is the Jewish Response to 2020

The Jews have learned through the millennia that to keep the flame of hope alive during dark times, resilience is not a choice but an imperative.

Personalizing Home Ritual With ‘HighHolidaysAtHome’

The team has developed guides and webinars. They're providing steps to invoke various aspects of the holidays as well as family memories. 

Laugh Factory Holding Live Stream High Holy Days Services

For the past 36 years, The Laugh Factory comedy club in Hollywood has opened its doors for free Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services.

Words of Light: 27 Voices, 27 Messages and Countless Blessings for 5781

L.A. communal leaders offered words of inspiration, resilience and redemption to their communities leading up to the High Holy Days. Here's what they said.

‘Ozark’ Showrunner and Star Julia Garner Discuss Sin and Repentence in AJU Panel

More than 1,000 viewers attended, “What Does Ozark Teach Us About Sin and Repentance?” connecting the High Holy Days with the award-winning series.

When Life Gives Us New Eyes

I’m looking back at my life of 2020 and realizing that I’ve been given new eyes.

How to Be a Spiritual Leader During a Pandemic

Nostalgia for our traditional High Holy Days observances is kicking in already.

The U.S. Shepherds Israel, UAE and Bahrain to Peace: A Muslim’s Prayer for Selichot

The scaffolding of the fossilized, archaic cage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been decimated.

Irreverent Twitter Account @RogueShul Tackles the High Holy Days

The tweets speak truths that are all too familiar to anyone who’s worked at or with a Jewish organization.

With All the Zooming In, Are We Tuning Out?

Hearing the clarion call of the shofar in person while assembled with others — as Jews have for millennia — is a crucial aspect of our tradition.

Rabbi Pamela Gottfried: Challah, High Holy Days and Remembering 9/11

On Sept.11, Gottfried will be doing a Zoom event, “Observance: Ritual of Taking Challah & Prayers for Healing and Remembrance.” 

A Moroccan Feast for the New Year

The centerpiece in the cuisine of Algerian, Tunisian and Moroccan Jews, couscous represents happiness and abundance, prosperity and blessing.

This Year’s High Holy Days: Challenged but Emboldened

We’re being tested — perhaps like never before in recent memory — for our sense of priorities, our core principles and attitudes, and our underlying faith.

Aish Offering High Holiday Pop-Up Shuls

To create your own Pop Up Shul, log onto the site and choose from four styles of services with a downloadable machzor for each one.

Schmoozing and Shtisel and Sequels, Oh My!

The Bagels are back, talking High Holy Days prep, anticipating Rachel Bloom's new book, and parsing the news from the Shtiselverse. Esther objects to...

Dream a Little Dream

Right now, many of us are looking for a little hope. Share your dream so that someone else can find theirs.

High Holy Days 5781: Celebration of the Human Spirit

My daughter tells me a rabbi’s job is to announce pages. My interpretation: A rabbi produces a sacred script. The words of the machzor...

The Silence of Elul

We may not, this year, have congregations on the High Holy Days, which threatens not just the Jewish year but maybe the Jewish future as we know it.

The Lobster Effect: Don’t Pull Each ‘Other’ Down

This is why, in my heart, I want to support every other “other,” because I know what it is to be one.

For the High Holy Days, Do the Unexpected: Double Down

With Jewish communal life turned upside down during these pandemic times, and the High Holidays fast approaching, the anxiety of uncertainty is reaching a peak.

With High Holy Days Looming, COVID-19 and Social Change Present, Rabbis Face New Challenges

For those of us who are clergy, we are acutely aware the Jewish year is winding down.

Purim: From Exodus to Esther

It would make sense to start the Jewish year on Rosh Hashanah, literally the “head of the year,” but that’s not how it goes...

The Power to Observe

When my husband Daniel and I moved to Los Angeles seven years ago, we were not fully observant Jews. We were on the path...

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