Dissecting High Holidays Sermons


  Rabbis literally spend the entire year working on their High Holidays sermons. They keep files, takes notes, collect articles and think in-depth about what timeless topics will strike a chord with congregants. “A Shabbos sermon is usually one note,” said Rabbi Mitchell Wohlberg of Beth Tfiloh Congregation. “A holiday sermon is more of a… Read More

High Holidays: Toddler Edition


Coloring, crafting and shofar blowing? With Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur just around the corner, Jewish preschools are inviting the high holidays into their classrooms. From dipping apples in honey to learning where the horn for the shofar comes from, teachers in Baltimore are rolling the Jewish holidays into their curriculums. Enter Ilene Brooks’ classroom… Read More

This Past Year In The Jewish World


From wars and elections to scandals and triumphs, a look at some of the more dramatic events of the Jewish year 5773. September 2012 • Islamists throw a homemade grenade into a Jewish supermarket near Paris, injuring one. The incident is part of a major increase in attacks on Jews in France in 2012. October… Read More

Looking Back On 5773


The year 5773 was packed with successes and challenges. At the Baltimore Jewish Times, our team of reporters wrote 889 articles about the happenings in this community and the rest of the Jewish world.Before Rosh Hashanah starts next week and we move on to 5774, here is a look at the top stories from the… Read More

Jumbled Start


Entering his fourth year as a high school social studies teacher for Howard County Public Schools, Jared Ettinger has already come up with a suitable metaphor for his job. He likens the school year to a marathon, and this year, because of the High Holidays falling just after Labor Day, the marathon’s timetable will be… Read More

Calendar Conflict


The 2012 High Holidays were unlike any others in the history of Stony Brook University. Last academic year, for the first time, the school held regular classes rather than suspend them during traditional Jewish and Christian holidays. The change was made “to ensure that some religions [were] not given preferential treatment,” according to Dean of… Read More

Honey For Your Boo-Boo


Anyone who’s attended Jewish preschool knows that on Rosh Hashanah we eat apples and honey to symbolize our wishes for a sweet year. “Just as we do on Passover with the Seder plate, on Rosh Hashanah, we also eat symbolic foods. It’s not a law, it’s a folk tradition,” said Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin. Like… Read More

Sticking With Tradition


Here’s the buzz about Rosh Hashanah: Beyond a congregation or family, it takes a hive to have a holiday. You may have your tickets, new dress or suit and High Holidays app, but without the honey in which to dip a slice of apple, where would you be? We wish each other “shanah tovah umetuka,”… Read More

Retrospection & Introspection


What do the Hebrew month of Elul — the month leading up to Rosh Hashanah — and the 10 days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur have to do with yoga? They all give the opportunity to reflect, be introspective, consider the past and think about the future with all of its wonderful possibilities. On… Read More

Crafting the Sacred Horn


The sound of the shofar is unmistakable — its loud, triumphant blasts can be heard throughout Rosh Hashanah services and during Yom Kippur when the fast is over. But that hollow, smooth, shimmering, resonant horn heard in synagogue took meticulous handiwork to transform from the crude horn of an animal to a majestic shofar. “They’re… Read More