Among Ashkenazi Jews there used to be four different ways of pronouncing the cholam vowel. Two of the four have survived after the Holocaust, namely the one of southern Germany, common in English-speaking countries, and the Polish cholam,
Due to some unforeseen enthusiasm from my kids, I’m sleeping in the sukkah this year, apparently. Any advice? Also, there are no alarm clocks out here, and I’m afraid I’m going to overshoot Shacharit.
Everyone eats in their sukkahs, but
See animals from all over the world, including giraffes, kangaroos, penguins, Komodo dragons, ostriches, bald eagles and sea lions. Included in the price of admission is a dinosaur-themed playground, and other attractions include pony rides and an endangered-species carousel, both $2. Next door to the zoo
Collecting vacation snow globes of favorite landmarks from popular cities and countries is a common pastime for kids and adults alike. But have a closer look at industrial designer Shaul
Jack and the guys were setting up their instruments and getting ready for band practice when the phone rang.
“That was Dave,” Steve said, hanging up the phone. “He says he’s really sorry but his
As we approach Yom Kippur, making amends and helping others becomes of key importance. These days, I am personally on the receiving end of an outpouring of care and concern from our family and the community after unfortunately breaking my arm, and I deeply and sincerely appreciate the offer of “How can I try to help you
The dramatic story of Yonah being swallowed by a whale exhibits classic teshuva themes. An entire metropolis of Ninveh, condemned to death, ultimately rallies, repents and is spared. Both Jew and non-Jew alike possess God-given and unlimited freedom of choice, rendering teshuva a universal experience. Ninveh’s last-minute
Tefillat Mincha, the Mincha service on Yom Kippur, revolves around the reading of Sefer Yonah. I do not mean to suggest that the entire service centers around the themes found in the book, but rather that much of the tefilla is taken up by the reading itself. The story of the
Tarshish. Where is it? Chapter 1, Pasuk 3, of Sefer Yonah names Tarshish as the place Yonah sought to flee. Clearly there must be some significance to this intended destination. In order to determine the significance of Tarshish we must first endeavor to discover where Tarshish is located. The fact that our pasuk mentions Tarshish
We have all heard the story of this prayer and R. Amnon of Mainz in the 10th century. The story is found in the Or Zarua (=R. Isaac of Vienna, c. 1180-1250), Laws of Rosh Hashanah, sec. 276. He tells us that he found it in the writings of R. Ephraim of Bonn. The latter lived in the 12th century. The story is not found in any other
Yaakov approached his father the night before his wedding to talk. “What’s on your mind, Yaakov?” his father asked. “I am getting married tomorrow,” he replied. “You are the best parents in the world, but I haven’t always been the best son. There are things I did I never told you about and I need to ask forgiveness.
Elul is upon us and teshuva is on everyone’s minds. While this process is one that Jews everywhere attempt to implement each year, questions abound and we all must turn renewed attention to improving ourselves this year. To make the process easier, here are some answers to the most commonly asked questions about teshuva.