Sweet! Honey of Job Attracts Local Artist

Kara Brook’s desire to make  her own art supplies has turned into a prosperous honey business that now  includes beauty products. (Provided)

With Rosh Hashanah right around the corner, the Jewish community will undoubtedly be stocking up on some essential staples such as apples and honey. The two sweet snacks represent the “sweet new year” that Jews look forward to, and ancient Jews thought the fruit had healing properties. While honey will be enjoyed at innumerable celebrations,… Read More

One Place Swing-State Voters Won’t See Clinton, Trump This Season: The Rabbi’s Pulpit

Rabbis in swing states say their High Holidays sermons won't address the election head on but will touch on more general civic themes. (Lior Zaltzman)

When Rosh Hashanah came around last year, Rabbi Aaron Gaber wanted to grapple with an issue roiling the country. So he decided to focus his sermon on racism. But several members of Brothers of Israel, a 120-family Conservative synagogue in suburban Philadelphia, weren’t pleased. “Some of the feedback from some of my congregants has caused… Read More

6 New Kids Books for the Jewish New Year

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Get ready: 5777 is  arriving soon. And a new Jewish year means a fresh crop of topnotch Jewish books for kids. This year, not one but two new Rosh Hashanah books are penned by Eric A. Kimmel, the master storyteller whose popular award-winning children’s classics include “Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins” and “Simon and the… Read More

Jew Year’s Eve Set for Howard County

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Thursday, Sept. 29 will see the Jewish Federation of Howard County kick off Rosh Hashanah with its second annual Jew Year’s Eve, a New Year’s Eve Party with a Jewish twist for adults in their 20s to 40s. Jew Year’s Eve will help to both get young adults together and help the Federation get the… Read More

Technology and Tikkun Olam: In health and medicine, Israel paves the way

A new app — LifeCompass — records incidents and alerts nearby medics and guides them to the scene. (Provided)

Decades have passed since Israelis invented a modernized drip irrigation to maximize limited water supply and make desert bloom, yet Israeli curiosity, drive and ingenuity toward excellence continues to thrive. Israelis are determined to lead in solving some of the most pressing humanitarian challenges. Working on the precepts of tikkun olam, Israel persists at the… Read More

Here’s the Buzz! Bee population has been on steady decline for past decade

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The taste of apples and honey at Rosh Hashanah may make the holiday a little bit sweeter, but a few not-so-sweet trends are endangering some of the world’s most efficient and important pollinators. The bee population has been declining steadily since 2006, when the concept of Colony Collapse Disorder surfaced. CCD occurs when a colony’s… Read More

Apples All-Around From rootstock to Rosh Hashanah

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Jews around the world will bite into succulent apples dipped in honey in the upcoming week, but while Rosh Hashanah only lasts two nights, growing a bountiful apple orchard can take years. Rabbi Susan Grossman, from Beth Shalom Congregation, explained there are several reasons that Jews eat apples on Rosh Hashanah. Aside from the fruit’s… Read More

Shmitah: A Chance to Step Back Agricultural sabbatical year gives Pearlstone and others valuable downtime

Greg Strella, farm director at the Pearlstone Center, stands with cover crops Pearlstone planted to replenish its soil during its shmitah year, which Strella says has been a “rich experience.” (Marc Shapiro)

The Torah mandates that there be a sabbatical year in the seventh year of the seven-year agricultural cycle for Israel. The land is given a rest and agricultural activities — from planting to pruning — are forbidden under Jewish law. In the United States, this shmitah year takes on similar implications, but its message goes… Read More

Let The Wine Flow

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The Rosh Hashanah meal is a festive affair. Traditions abound as to how the evening meal can bring good tidings for the year ahead. While some stick to apple and honey for a sweet new year, others recite a full array of blessings over different symbolic food types, from increasing in numbers like the seeds… Read More

Broken Hallelujah

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The name David means “beloved,” and the Israelite king bearing that name was — and remains — just that. “To this day at almost every celebration, Jews sing ‘David, King of Israel, alive, alive and everlasting,’” writes Rabbi David Wolpe in this brief, lyrical biography of his namesake, Israel’s second king who ruled around the… Read More