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High Holidays look to the past, embrace the future

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Contemplation. Reflection. Introspection. Solemnity. Forgiveness.

Say hello to these unique Rosh Hashanah drinks

Say hello to these unique Rosh Hashanah drinks

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Tradition dictates a glass of champagne on the secular New Year. But what can give you a nice buzz to celebrate the Jewish New Year?

Schools make Rosh Hashanah fun for kids

Schools make Rosh Hashanah fun for kids

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Between blasting shofars, snacking on sweet treats, family and community gatherings and a break from the usual routine of the school day, the …

Ethiopian Rosh Hashanah blends unique customs

Ethiopian Rosh Hashanah blends unique customs

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Despite relative isolation from their Jewish brethren around the world for millennia, Ethiopian Jews have coveted the same dream of celebratin…

High Holidays stand alone on the calendar for interfaith families, but still pose challenges

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For many Jews, the High Holiday period is a time of deep observance and self-reflection, but for an increasingly large share of American Jewry…

Out-of-town ASU students have place to call home during the High Holidays

Out-of-town ASU students have place to call home during the High Holidays

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There are an estimated 3,500 Jewish students at Arizona State University’s four campuses. Of those, many come from out of state — but they don…

Temple Chai eager to share its blessings with the homeless in new year

Temple Chai eager to share its blessings with the homeless in new year

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When Temple Chai Executive Director Joe Miller first heard of the proposal to turn the synagogue into a part-time homeless shelter, he was mor…

Professor explains origins of High Holiday ticketing

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There’s an old joke about a boy who shows up at a synagogue on Yom Kippur. The usher tells him he can’t come in without a ticket. “But I’m not…

The High Holiday sermon problem

The High Holiday sermon problem

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For rabbis, it’s their annual golden opportunity to reach a much larger audience than usual. For members of a congregation, they can be either…

East Valley JCC selects teens for new leadership program

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With the High Holidays just around the corner, now is a natural time for reflecting on the mitzvot performed throughout the year and to pause …

Israel approves ‘Gospel Trail’ cable car

Israel approves ‘Gospel Trail’ cable car

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Israel’s cabinet has approved the construction of the “Gospel Trail” cable car that, when completed, will run between Upper Nazareth and the l…

Ancient Hebrew seals from Judean kingdom unearthed

Ancient Hebrew seals from Judean kingdom unearthed

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A collection of First Temple-period seals has been discovered during excavations in Jerusalem’s City of David.

The importance of educating our children

The importance of educating our children

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Parshah Nitzavim-Vayelech, Deuteronomy 29:9–31:30

A taste of honey: Rosh Hashanah recipes

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Jewish families around the world begin Rosh Hashanah meals by dipping apples in honey, symbolizing their hope for a sweet New Year. They also …

Kids learn about holiday at The J’s first Rosh Hashanah New Year’s Eve party

Kids learn about holiday at The J’s first Rosh Hashanah New Year’s Eve party

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Grandparents, parents, children and other family and friends are invited to party like it’s 5778 at the Valley of the Sun JCC’s (The J) first …

Suffering contributes to our spiritual growth

Suffering contributes to our spiritual growth

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ParshaH Ki Tavo, Deuteronomy 26:1–29:8

Indian travel to Israel on the rise

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Travel between India and Israel is on the rise in the aftermath of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s historic visit to the Jewish state in…

High Court criticizes Western Wall compromise freeze

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Israel’s High Court of Justice has criticized the Israeli government over its stance on the issue of egalitarian prayer services at the Western Wall.

Reform, Conservative Jews say Western Wall compromise effectively dead

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In a move that may further ignite tensions between Israel and Diaspora Jewry, the Reform and Conservative movements say they no longer agree w…

This year, put the 'yo' in 'oy'

This year, put the 'yo' in 'oy'

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Parshat Ki Teitzei, Deuteronomy 21:10–25:19