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Yom Kippur and the book of Jonah

(JTA) — Yom Kippur. The Day of Atonement. Jewish tradition teaches us that our fate for the year ahead is sealed on Yom Kippur — and our Book of Life was a raging epic this year. The book was on fire as our lives and our cities and our lungs...

 

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Too many to list at one time ... I'm talking about famous Jewish entertainers like Billy Crystal and Zac Efron. Also, Natalie Portman (oh wait! You knew she was born in Israel.) How about "Saturday Night Live's" MAYA RUDOLPH. (I never even...

 

More than just brisket: Change up your menu with these 9 delicious Rosh Hashanah recipes

(JTA) - I know the holidays will look, and taste, different than most years. I also know many families cherish the big brisket, standing rib roast or pot roast that graces their table each year....

 

Tunisian pumpkin jam is the most underrated Rosh Hashanah treat

(JTA) — For many Jews, predominantly Sephardim, Rosh Hashanah foods extend way beyond apples and honey. Among the numerous simanim (foods that have symbolic or linguistic significance for the upcoming year) are squashes and gourds. The Aramaic...

 

Jewish History in Film 'Hester Street' is a nod to Jewish immigration

The year 2020 was filled with a lot of heartbreak in the film community and it ended delivering one final blow. On Dec. 31, one of the most important independent filmmakers of the last 50 years lost...

 

Shana tova from JFS Orlando!

With the New Year comes the opportunity to reflect on the past year and assess our impact. Jewish Family Services of Greater Orlando has always stood by our community during life's most difficult...

 

Must-know High Holidays words and phrases

(MJL via JTA) — Here are some important Hebrew words and terms you may encounter over the High Holiday season. Akedah — Pronounced ah-keh-DAH. Literally “binding,” the Akedah refers to the biblical story of the binding of Isaac, which is...

 

Core values bring the Jewish Academy into the new year

L'Shana Tova!  What a year it has been. Each year, Rosh Hashanah gives our students an opportunity to renew our commitment to our heritage.  We, at Jewish Academy of Orlando, are so grateful to be...

 

Looking to sweeter times

One of my favorite traditions from my childhood was every Shabbat drizzling honey on my challah and then dipping it in a thimble-sized "cup" of Mogen David wine. When I was finally old enough to...

 

This coming 5782, let's remember not to sweat the small stuff

One of the more wonderful parts of being Jewish is living in "Jewish time." It's having Rosh Hashanah in September, instead of waiting four months to define the end of a hard year by bringing in the s...

 

How to prepare spiritually for the Jewish New Year

The Jewish month of Elul is traditionally a time for personal reflection and spiritual preparation for the New Year. It offers a structured opportunity to examine what is holding us back from being who we really want to be. If we use the period...

 

Strawberry daiquiri? Pumpkin spice? We tried these American hummus flavors so you don't have to.

By Shannon Sarna Hummus, a Middle Eastern chickpea and tahini dip, has been adopted and Americanized in every possible way in recent years. Americans haven’t just embraced hummus, they have found truly appalling ways to make it their own. Here are...

 

As we look to a new beginning, lets reflect on the ending too

In 1789 Ben Franklin wrote in a letter to a friend, “… in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” He may not have been the first to make this reference but it is an expression that has stood the test of time. Eve...

 

Why Jews Blow a Ram's Horn On the New Year

Question: Is there a reason we blow the shofar on Rosh Hashanah, and why don’t we use a trumpet or some other instrument? I know it’s traditional, but is there a reason that the shofar is so special? Answer: Well, I don’t want to toot the...

 

Bringing Israeli food and culture into the Jewish New Year

(JNS) - American Jews are often criticized these days for distancing from Israel as a result of political considerations. To counteract that trend, the "Israel trip" has become a central way to positi...

 

Historian claims founding father Alexander Hamilton had Jewish upbringing

(JNS) - A historian is claiming that Alexander Hamilton, the country's first treasury secretary who was instrumental in the ratification of the Constitution and whose popularity has risen in recent...

 

Film about Israeli lawyer who advocates for terrorists gets double Emmy nod

(Israel Hayom) — A controversial Israeli documentary about an Israeli attorney who represents terrorists received a double Emmy nomination on Wednesday. “Advocate,” from directors Rachel Leah Jones and Philippe Bellaiche, follows Israeli...

 

Two decades after Sbarro suicide bombing, survivors' scars are still healing

By (JNS) - Twenty years ago, a suicide bomber blew himself up in the Sbarro restaurant at the corner of King George Street and Jaffa Road in the center of Jerusalem. Fifteen people were murdered,...

 

Bialik to host 'Jeopardy!' specials

(JTA) - "Jeopardy!" is getting its first-ever Jewish host as Sony Pictures Television announced that actress Mayim Bialik will host some of the game show's new prime time specials. Following longtime...

 

'Real Housewives of New York City' Shabbat dinner

(JTA) — Many people have curbed or curtailed their big Shabbat dinners during the COVID-19 pandemic, but not the cast of “The Real Housewives of New York City.” On the episode that aired Tuesday, the cast of the Bravo reality TV series about...

 
 By Josh Satok    Features    August 20, 2021

Remembering Ilan Naibryf, Jewish Surfside victim anyone would be lucky to meet

I'm writing this from Miami, 10 minutes from the beach. There are many reasons to be here - the beach, the sun, the culture. And there are many reasons not to be here. As my grandma keeps calling to t...

 

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Eretz Israel ... Oops ... How did I miss writing about May 14 1948? YEAH! Israel is officially a state! Have you ever been to Israel? I have! It is our PROMISED LAND, YES! I left my heart there ......

 

The Jewish history of Gold's Horseradish

If you happened to be walking down the 800 block of Coney Island Avenue in Brooklyn in the 1930s, you might have caught a whiff of horseradish in the air. From their Brooklyn apartment, two Jewish imm...

 

A passion for Jewish education and Israel is at the heart of Bruce Gould's giving

The selection of Bruce Gould as this year's recipient of the Heritage Human Service Award was a long time coming. One might ask why he had not been selected earlier. Well, he'd never been nominated....

 
 By Ryan Torok    Features    August 13, 2021

Jewish National Fund-USA launches 'This Is What Zionism Looks Like' campaign

Decades after the U.N. General Assembly passed Resolution 3379, which declared Zionism was a form of racism, Zionists continue to be maligned on college campuses, social media and city streets. Confro...

 

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