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Parents & Children: Rosh Hashanah

Over the two days of Rosh Hashanah, we read Torah twice and there are two Haftorahs. Here’s a fascinating thing: All four readings, from the Torah and Haftorah, are all about parents and children. That’s the main theme throughout.

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Three Different Machzors

The Machzor is the prayerbook for the High Holidays. There’s so much to be said on Rosh Hashanah and Yom-Kippur, so many special poems and readings, responsive prayers and add-ons, that a regular Siddur prayerbook couldn’t ever fit. Hence the … Read the rest

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The Hot & Cold of Apple

Apple dipped in honey is one of Rosh Hashanah’s best-known and most beloved customs. Much has been said about honey, as it represents our wish and prayer for a sweet new year, but what about the apple? That got me … Read the rest

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Rosh Hashanah Tweets

See below for a series of Rabbi Mendel’s tweets in several categories: Rosh Hashanah, Shofar, Machzor General and Machzor Specific. They are bite-sized tidbits, most should be self-understood. 

ROSH HASHANAH

“Inscribed & Sealed for a Good Year!” Think of email’s … Read the rest

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Responsibility without Guilt

At the end of Parshat Shoftim it talks about “Eglah Arufah” a ceremony that a community does when a person is found dead or killed near their town. The idea is that the community does some soul-searching whether they were … Read the rest

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The Headphone Jack in the Bible

Apple made big waves this week when they announced that they will be removing the ubiquitous and universal headphone jack from their newest iphones and replacing it with their proprietary “Lightning” port.

Without getting into the pros and cons of … Read the rest

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The Elul Audit

by Rabbi Yossi Paltiel of InsideChassidus.org

Elul, the month leading up to the High Holidays, is a time of heightened spiritual awareness and introspection. There was once a group of Rabbis (non-Chassidic) who wished to capitalize on this heightened sense … Read the rest

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Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See?

So many of you know this classic picture book for young children by Bill Martin and Eric Carle. It’s one of those board books that nearly everyone has read, and some have dog-eared worn copies.

When the Brown Bear is … Read the rest

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Easy for Moses

“And now People of Israel, what does G-d ask of you – only to fear Him!”

This is a verse in Parshat Eikev. Moshe is speaking to the Jewish people, telling them that G-d isn’t asking much, all G-d asks … Read the rest

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