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October 9, 2014

Moshe Cohen: My wife goes on Pinterest to look up decorations. Twelve people have taken pins from her board. Yossi Burstyn: Our sukkah is filled with different decorations. Ed Gold: We say a blessing for all our exalted guests. I promise the exalted guests in our sukkah will have an awesome time. Want to place an order CONTINUE »

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BY Simone Ellin
October 2, 2014

By Baron Wormer Piscataqua Press, 336 pages Though Baron Wormser has published 12 books of poetry and is Maine’s poet laureate, “Teach Us That Peace,” published in November 2013, is his first novel. Set in the Baltimore of Wormser’s adolescence (he was born here in 1948), “Teach Us That Peace” paints a vivid picture of CONTINUE »

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BY Ben Sales, JTA
October 2, 2014

The small cardboard box in Elyashiv Drori’s palm looks like it’s full of black pebbles. Closing the box quickly, he explains that it cannot be open for long. The pebble-like pieces, which were uncovered in an archaeological dig near Jerusalem’s Old City, are, in fact, remains of a kilo of grapes stored nearly 3,000 years CONTINUE »

BY Julie Wiener/JTA
October 2, 2014

Unplugging more from electronic devices has become a commonly cited resolution for both the Jewish and secular New Years. But electronics are also increasingly becoming integrated into High Holiday observances.   G-dcast, a nonprofit that is best known for its animated Torah portion videos, has been expanding its repertoire in recent years, creating videos on CONTINUE »