Rosh Hashanah

When the Jewish calendar and the fashion calendar conflict: My letter to Boston Fashion Week

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Boston Fashion Week logo

Last week, I received an invitation to attend Fall...

Righteously bouncing back: What baking challah means to me

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Etta and her mom, Yael
Braided Challah
Blessings for the Challah

The first thing you should know about making challah is this: DO NOT BE AFRAID! I find that many people are intimidated by the thought of making their own challah.

Eating Jewish: Apple cake - New twists on an old classic

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Apple Walnut Bread
Apple Granita

Feasting is a central component to the celebrations of many, if not most, of the holidays on the Jewish calendar.

A kreplach recipe that's worth the work

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Kreplach

I made my first batch of kreplach, noodle dough containing ground meat usually found in chicken soup, in 1972, with my very Greek friend Mary Mastrogeannes, when I was fourteen.

Rosh Hashanah video roundup

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If YouTube searches are any indication, we Jews love making music videos, and holidays offer the perfect opportunity to create new ones and hope they go viral.

Eating Jewish: North African salads for Rosh Hashanah

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Moroccan Swiss Chard Salad (Salade de Blettes)
Tunisian Winter Squash Salad with Coriander and Harissa

Not only is it almost the beginning of a new year, but the weather is beginning to change and the tomatoes, zucchini and corn that have been so plentiful over the summer are being replaced by squas

Hannah as a Precedent-Setter

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Hannah

On the first day of Rosh Hashana last week, I listened to a congregant at my synagogue chant Haftorah, the additional reading from Jewish scriptures that follows the reading of the Torah on Shabbat and holidays. This particular Haftorah continues to hold great relevance and importance for Jews today, and particularly for Jewish women. It tells the story of Hannah and her desire to bear a child. In the story, we learn that Hannah and Peninah are both the wives of a man named Elkanah. Peninah goads Hannah because Hannah, like many of the Jewish matriarchs, is barren.

Those "Twice a Year" Jews

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In the space between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, we are inundated with messages about self-reflection, our responsibilities as Jews in the world, and our level of involvement with Jewish life.

L'Shana Tova Link Roundup

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Tonight is the first night of Rosh Hashanah and we're gonna party like it's 5771 with this fabulous link roundup!

To get the low-down on Rosh Hashanah, head over to My Jewish Learning for Rosh Hashanah 101.

Eating Jewish: Pumpkin Cupcakes

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Pumpkin Cupcakes

The cannon of Jewish recipes is an extensive one that spreads across many places and generations. Many of the recipes contained therein have been cooked by generations of women with only small changes in the way they have been prepared. Many of these recipes have come to be viewed as traditional dishes, prepared on holidays, Shabbat and other special occasions. They have come to play an important role at these times and are often specifically associated with these occasions.

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