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The Dazzling Way Your Cantor Prays for Competence on the High Holidays

By On September 20, 2017

It’s hard out there for a cantor. On any regular week you have to lead a congregation in prayers, hopefully with a nice voice and a pleasing style. And if that pressure… Read More


The U.S. Army’s Very Goat-y High Holiday Affair

By On September 16, 2013

The ram that appeared just in time to interrupt the binding of Isaac was certainly cause for celebration—if millennia of hand-wringing. But some other historical Jewish encounters with animals have been notably less biblical in proportion. Just… Read More


Breadcrumbs of the Past

By On February 6, 2012

Until recently, Bram Presser was known as the lead singer of YidCore, a Jewish punk band that played loud, fast versions of songs such as “If I Was a Rich Man” and “Wind Beneath… Read More


After Tishrei, Now What?

By On October 27, 2011

The month of Tishrei, during which Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and Sukkot all take place, might be the most well-known month of the Jewish year. The month immediately following it, Cheshvan, might be the least publicized. Cheshvan has earned its… Read More


Swinging Chickens

By On October 7, 2011

Yetta is a snow-white chicken who has fallen off a farm truck in the picture book Beautiful Yetta, the Yiddish Chicken. Using funny and teasing prose–“Yetta, beautiful Yetta, will not be sold. She will… Read More


Question Everything

By On September 28, 2011

Do you remember what you were thinking about last year around the High Holidays? Have you made good on your resolutions from years past? A project called 10Q offers a new way to stay accountable. It… Read More


Nursing Home Rosh Hashanah

By On September 26, 2011

Last Rosh Hashanah, hosted a New Year’s Poetry contest. The poems that showed up astonished us. They were honest and beautiful, sad and funny, innocent and wise. The winning poem, Rita Janice Traub’s “A… Read More


The Finger of Blame

By On September 14, 2011

In 2007, artists Geoffrey Cunningham and Carla Repice took to the streets, armed with an office desk, a red phone, and a stationary pad. They traveled to different American cities and towns, set… Read More


Shofar Flash Mob

By On September 12, 2011

A flash mob is a weird American cultural phenomenon: On a given day and time, people are asked–usually by a notice online, or a forwarded email–to show up in a specific place… Read More


Sound the Alarm

By On August 30, 2011

Tonight, the Jewish month of Elul begins. It’s the last month in the Hebrew calendar, and the month that directly precedes the Jewish New Year. And, just like the secular new year, everybody celebrates differently. Traditional… Read More


Arthur’s Yom Kippur

By On May 21, 2011

Do aardvarks repent on Yom Kippur? At least one does. On the PBS cartoon show Arthur, eight-year-old Arthur’s best friend Francine is Jewish. In one episode, Francine decides to fast for the… Read More


Repentance Can Be Loud

By On March 31, 2011

Jews recite the devotional prayer Avinu Malkeinu (Our Father, Our King) during the ten days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. The traditional melody is a slow, stirring, dirge. And, of course, it’s perfect… Read More