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9 things you probably didn’t know about Yom Kippur

9 things you probably didn’t know about Yom Kippur

By MJL Staff, My Jewish Learning via JTAPublished October 3, 2022

Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, starts at sundown on Tuesday, October. 4. Traditionally one of the most somber days on the Jewish calendar, it’s known for fasting and repentance — not to mention killer caffeine withdrawal headaches. However,...

Honey cake with apple confit (Michael Persico)

Here’s what 5 chefs from around the world are making this Rosh Hashanah

Rachel RinglerPublished September 19, 2022

This article originally appeared on The Nosher. We asked five noted chefs and food writers what they will serve at home to mark the Jewish New Year, and (spoiler alert) they all plan to weave symbols of sweetness — hallmarks of the holiday — into...

Apple picking and sukkot building ideas for the whole family to enjoy

Apple picking and sukkot building ideas for the whole family to enjoy

ELYSE PICKER, Special to the Jewish LightPublished September 15, 2021

It’s old news by now, but wow, the High Holidays are early this year. With erev Rosh Hashanah colliding with Labor Day and Simchat Torah wrapping up before the month of September ends, I feel like I’ve been flung into fall even though most days...

Tunisian Lemonade. Photo: Margi

Why many St. Louis Jews take a global approach to breaking the fast

MARGI LENGA KAHN, SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH LIGHTPublished September 12, 2021

There are many explanations for fasting on Yom Kippur, some Talmudic and others more spiritual. A form of self-denial, fasting is believed to bring us closer to G-d and more in touch with ourselves.  My brother-in-law Mark Gutman, who has been reading...

Cathleen Kronemer, NSCA-CPT, Certified Health Coach, is a longtime fitness instructor at the Jewish Community Center. She is also a member of the St. Louis Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.

Fitness instructor Cathleen Kronemer: Putting the ‘new’ in the New Year

CATHLEEN KRONEMER, Special to the Jewish LightPublished September 5, 2021

As the leaves turn from verdant green to robust shades of orange, yellow and red, losing their tenuous hold on the tree branches and drifting aimlessly downward, Jews recognize this as not only heralding the coming of autumn but also the advent of the...

Tispishti (Walnut-Cake). Photo by Margi Lenga Kahn

A Sephardic Rosh Hashanah from Turkey

Margi Lenga Kahn, Special For The Jewish LightPublished September 1, 2021

Leyla and Erman Kaspi are Jews from Turkey who I recently met outside the elevator of our Chicago apartment complex. After the usual introductions, I asked Leyla whether she still cooks the dishes with which she grew up. “Of course,” she exclaimed. That...

Boy blowing a shofar for Rosh Hashana

Rosh Hashanah Quiz

Published September 1, 2021

Rosh Hashanah is a time when Jews reflect on their actions and try to make amends with each other and God, and it is also the Jewish New Year. How much do you know about Rosh Hashanah? /**/

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14 fun facts about Rosh Hashanah and the holiday season

Jessica HalfinPublished August 31, 2021

This article appeared first at Israel21c in September of 2019. Chag sameach! Happy holiday! You’ve survived the hot Israeli summer and now the High Holiday season has arrived. Here are some fun facts to entertain you and help you navigate the...

Kosher Recipe Alert: Apple, Pear and Pomegranate Crisp

Kosher Recipe Alert: Apple, Pear and Pomegranate Crisp

HOWARD WASSERMAN, ADVENTURES IN KOSHER COOKINGPublished August 31, 2021

The Hebrew word “kosher” means fit or proper as it relates to Jewish dietary law. Kosher foods are permitted to be eaten and can be used as ingredients in the production of additional food items. And when it comes to Kosher cooking, there...

Pomegranates in Shuk HaCarmel, Tel Aviv, June 2, 2019. Photo by Anna Wachspress

10 great reasons to love the pomegranate

Abigail Klein LeichmanPublished August 31, 2021

(Israel21c) - Coaxing the edible seeds out of a pomegranate is a popular how-to topic. Some swear by the whack-with-a-wooden-spoon method; others massage out those ruby-red arils in a bowl of water to keep things neat. Any way you choose to undertake...

Shaare Emeth offering three different types of High Holiday service experiences

Shaare Emeth offering three different types of High Holiday service experiences

Published August 31, 2021

This year, Congregation Shaare Emeth is offering a "hybrid High Holidays" schedule that will offer three unique worship experiences for participants – indoor services, covered outdoor services and live streaming – throughout Rosh Hashanah, which starts...

The Birnbaum machzor, first published in 1951, remained a staple of Orthodox synagogues despite a bounty of competitors. (The Open Siddur Project)

Why a High Holidays prayer book is still going strong after 70 years

Yosef LindellPublished August 31, 2021

(JTA) — When a local Orthodox synagogue asked me to lead Yom Kippur prayers six years ago, one aspect of the request stood out: Was I comfortable using the “High Holyday Prayer Book” translated and edited by Philip Birnbaum? The archaic spelling...

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