Rosh Hashanah

Parents’ divorce set young Jew adrift at the Holidays

  The High Holy Days can bring up some intense feelings for every Jew. One young man contacted me with a unique issue around the Holidays – his interfaith parents’ divorce and the subsequent lack of clarity about his status. My dad is Jewish and my mom converted before they got married. Her conversion was…

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Sunken Apple Tart for Rosh Hashanah

From Kosher by Design, one of the books in the fabulous cookbook series by Susie Fishbein The wonderful and talented Paige Kaplan made it for our Rosh Hashanah cooking class at Beth Am in Los Altos. Makes 8-10 servings Ingredients: 1/3 cup honey 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 3 medium Granny Smith or Rome apples,…

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Rosh Hashanah Bird Rolls

Why Bird Shapes? According to “Joan Nathan’s Jewish Holiday Cookbook” (Schocken, 2004), bird-shaped challah rolls, called feygelekh (Yiddish for “little bird”) symbolized “the protection of God’s people as stated in Isaiah 31:5: ‘As birds hovering [over their fledglings], so will the Lord of hosts protect Jerusalem.’” Another interpretation, offered by Linda Burghardt in “Jewish Holiday…

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