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Rosh Hashanah

Moroccan Swiss Chard Salad (Salade de Blettes)

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Moroccan Swiss Chard Salad (Salade de Blettes).
Photograph by Katherine Romanow.
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Moroccan Swiss Chard Salad (Salade de Blettes).
Photograph by Katherine Romanow.

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Eating Jewish: North African salads for Rosh Hashanah

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 squash, apples, pears, figs and a multitude of other autumn fruits and vegetables. The availability of all this fantastic produce has made the High Holidays one of my favorite times on the Jewish calendar to be cooking. This is especially true for Rosh Hashanah, when the food symbolism of the holiday necessitates the use of seasonal fruits and vegetables.

Julie Rosewald becomes the first woman to lead services in an American synagogue

September 20, 1884

Julie Rosewald became the first woman known to have led services at an American synagogue when she led the music, chanted portions of the worship normally reserved for a cantor, and directed the choir at San Francisco's Temple Emanu-El following the death of the congregation's cantor.

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An Old Woman Reading, Probably the Prophetess Hannah, 1631

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An Old Woman Reading, Probably the Prophetess Hannah, 1631, by Rembrandt.
Painting in the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, image courtesy of Wikimedia.
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An Old Woman Reading, Probably the Prophetess Hannah, 1631, by Rembrandt.
Painting in the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, image courtesy of Wikimedia.

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Hannah as a Precedent-Setter

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

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.

Lessons from "A Lay Sermon by a Young Lady"

One hundred and twenty years ago today, Ray Frank delivered a historic sermon on what was the first night of Rosh Hashanah in Spokane, Washington. Ray Frank, featured in JWA's Women of Valor exhibit, is one of those "complicated" heroines.

Eating Jewish: 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.

Pumpkin Cupcakes

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Pumpkin cupcakes with cream cheese frosting.
Photo by Katherine Romanow
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Pumpkin cupcakes with cream cheese frosting.
Photo by Katherine Romanow

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