Special Focuses

Downsizing the turkey dinner

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This is not your Thanksgiving turkey feast, but it could certainly work for a smaller high holidays meal. This boneless roast is a smaller, simpler,...

Stuffed vegetables: A beloved Jewish tradition

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Naomi Ross It speaks of overflowing bounty in the holiday season. The Jewish year and lifecycle, especially Shabbat and yom tov, are a huge part of...

Tashlich and Reverse Tashlich

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  Tashlich is the new year ritual of symbolically casting off sins in the form of breadcrumbs into flowing water. Generally it’s done in a...

For Jews with eating disorders, new approaches aim to make Yom Kippur safer

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By Ella Rockart Shonna Levin is an Orthodox Jew, but she didn’t spend last Yom Kippur in a synagogue. The activist in Brooklyn, N.Y., had...

7 sweet facts about Rosh Hashanah you may not know

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By Leah Kadosh Shanah Tovah, Happy, Healthy New Year! The Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, is nearly here. I can tell this coming year is...

Playing table tennis in 15 languages with Stuart Goldberg

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As a trained linguist, Stuart Goldberg dabbles in 15 languages, Hebrew and Russian among them. As a table tennis enthusiast, he’s bested players in...

Tisha B’Av and Tu B’Av. What’s the difference?

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The Jewish month of Av is home to two holidays that, due to their proximity to each other and their similar names, are sometimes...

Saul Golubcow introduces his Holocaust survivor-turned-private eye

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As a student at Rutgers, Saul Golubcow wrote for a literary magazine. An English professor saw something in the young man’s work and urged...

Why count the omer?

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  When the Temple stood, the omer period began with the sacrifice of barley on the second day of Passover and ended seven weeks later...

The experience of Passover goes beyond flavor

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By Leah Holzel The pungent kick of horseradish on a fresh crisp sheet of matzah. The tender mouthfeel of a feather-light kneidel, moist with savory...