Leonard Cohen’s Orthodox Jewish Upbringing and Shabbos Observance

Beloved singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen died last week at the age of 82. Most famous for penning the hauntingly poignant ballad “Hallelujah” among other songs in the past 40 years, as well as poetry and novels, not many people were aware that Cohen was born and raised Orthodox, spent some time involved in Buddhism then returned […]

1 Minute Insight: Isn’t Shemini Atzeres A Bit Superfluous?

After two months of Yomim Tovim, why do we have one more holiday in Shemini Atzeres?  

How Can I Accept A Pre-Yom Kippur Apology That I Know Is Insincere?

Dear Jew in the City, I know that I’m supposed to resolve my differences with people this time of year, but I don’t know what to do. There’s someone I know who will do a perfunctory apology like they do every year, but it will be insincere. This individual has a history of hurting me […]

One Minute Rosh Hashana Insight: The Sweetness of Apples

Isn’t dipping one sweet thing into another sweet thing redundant? Here’s why the apple’s sweetness is different than the honey’s.  

50 Second Rosh HaShana Recipe Video: Pomegranate Mojito

May your simcha in the New Year increase like a Pomegranate…l’Chaim!    

The Day I Resolved To Stop Criticizing My Husband

Last month my husband and I celebrated our fifteenth wedding anniversary. It made me wonder if I had any wisdom to impart – any lessons based on Jewish philosophy I had discovered over the years which help us keep our marriage strong and recover from challenging times when they arise. Was there something to say about giving? […]

Who Will Live And Who Will Die? A Troubling High Holiday Prayer

Every Rosh Hashana we say the prayer Unsaneh Tokef : “On Rosh Hashanah we’ll be inscribed and on Yom Kippur we’ll be sealed – how many will pass from the earth and how many will be created; who will live and who will die; who will die at his predestined time and who before his time; […]

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