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Sound the shofar!  Today is Simchat Torah.  We never miss a Modern Jewish Holiday which is an excuse for a par-ty! Why? It literally means, “Rejoice in Torah.” Although it is one of the lesser known and celebrated holidays in the diaspora; it is one of the most fun Jewish holidays of the year. We complete one cycle of the reading of the Torah (all Five Books of Moses) and we start a new cycle…

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5 Modern Jewish Wedding Tips for an Easy Break Fast We get together, eat “Jewish” foods, debrief (OK nit-pick) the sermons and plan ahead for the true joyous holidays to come (Sukkot, Simchat Torah, Thanksgiving, the Winter Holidays and then finally the secular New Year). 1. Pot Luck It Who has the time to do it all? Between services and a headache from no coffee there is no shame in asking for your guests to…

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Since I skipped out on Rosh Hashanah I am making a special effort to be Present at Yom Kippur.  By Present I mean, not just as a Jew in the Pew, but, truly Present at services in mind, body and spirit.  Since I have a medically valid reason not to fast my mind will not need to busy itself with hunger pangs.  I am hoping my mind will focus on my annual assessment; and I…

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L’Shana Tova! During the time leading up to the High Holy Days, in the Hebrew month of Elul, Jews take a collective break! We reflect on the past year and renew ourselves for the year ahead. The changes are always both subtle and immense in the world, in our country and in our own lives. Just last week I wrote about the amazing past six months I’ve had with The Modern Jewish Wedding and its…

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During the time leading up to the High Holy Days, in the Hebrew month of Elul, Jews take a collective break! We reflect on the past year and renew ourselves for the year ahead. The changes are always both subtle and immense in the world, in our country and in our own lives. Last year for this column I wrote about how I had gone from a single woman to a wife and step-mom.  Here…

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