Holidays

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Finding a path to forgiveness

On a chilly day in February over a decade ago, I drove my mother to the hospital to visit her only sister, Emily. My mother was anxious about seeing her. Not just because of her condition, which bordered on terminal, but because of their relationship, defined by years of unspoken hurt and unfinished conversations. We…

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Mitzvah Challenge 5777

We invited our readers to share their plans for renewing their spiritual commitment by taking on new mitzvot for the new year. Responses ranged from concrete measures to more esoteric commandments, and one that was even a little tongue-in-cheek. All represent steps along the path to a meaningful year ahead. We’d like to thank everyone…

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NowGen offers High Holiday tickets

The Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix NowGen launched NowGen Congregation Connection. Formerly known as Cool Shul, this program provides free and/or low-cost access to High Holiday tickets at a variety of congregations throughout the Valley. Participating congregations have provided a limited supply of complimentary and/or $36 tickets to allow young adults to attend Rosh Hashannah and…

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A spiritual check-up

A free translation from the work of Rabbi Lior Engelman As part of the spiritual accounting that characterizes the period of the High Holidays, we are invited to survey ourselves and ask honestly: In relation to last year, has our spiritual condition improved or worsened; were the hopes that we expressed during last year’s High…

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Passover Recipes

When we think of Passover, we think of food. Yes, of course there’s more to the holiday than just matzah. But everything we do to prepare for the seder and plan for a week without chametz (bread and other leavened foods) brings us back to old favorite dishes and new adaptations. We asked our readers…

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Top 10 Great Reasons to Love the Pomegranate

Pomegranates (rimonim in Hebrew) add color and symbolism to Rosh Hashanah tables worldwide. Here’s why you should try one. By Viva Sarah Press Pomegranate season is underway. Markets are teeming with this glorious red fruit, supermarket shelves are packed with pomegranate juices, and cosmetic stores are promoting pomegranate oil-infused creams. The fruit-with-a-crown is one of…

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How to Eat a Pomegranate

Pomegranates add a splash of color, texture and flavor to many dishes. Photo by Anne Kleinberg Now that you know why you want to wrestle with this amazing fruit, check out recipes to enjoy the hard-earned nuggets of flavor in Jewish Life columnist Anne Kleinberg’s book Pomegranates: 70 Celebratory Recipes. Published by Ten Speed Press…

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