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  • Kabbalat Kaboom: Celebrating the Fourth on a Friday

    A Carlebach-Cohan mashup, fireworks from a shul hilltop and a musical service honoring independence integrate the U.S. holiday and Jewish day of rest.

  • At Shavuot, celebrating the giving of the law — and the mother-in-law?

    In the Ten Commandments, the Torah tells us to “Honor your father and your mother,” but on mothers-in-law, it’s mum. That is until we read the Book of Ruth,

  • An SOS from my OS seder

    With the hit film “Her” in mind, columnist Edmon J. Rodman introduces a a cool digital maven to run his yearly Haggadah-fest.

  • On Purim, answering to a higher grogger

    Looking for a better blotter of Haman’s name with an eye toward Purim-centered social action.

  • At Tu b’Shvat, digging for spiritual growth

    Doing a little planting for what some call the Jewish Arbor Day, columnist Edmon J. Rodman wonders about connecting the generations.

  • Pass the cranberry latkes: When holidays collide

    Thanksgivukkah, as the rare confluence of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving is being called, presents opportunities for creativity along with challenges, columnist Edmon J. Rodman writes.

  • At Sukkot, turning oy into the season of joy

    After the chest pounding and pleading for his life of the High Holidays, columnist Edmon J. Rodman aims to find the energy to again build the sukkah he’s put up for many, many years.

  • At Yom Kippur, a heads-up on chest thumping

    On Yom Kippur, when we beat our chests during the confession, maybe we should be knocking instead on our heads, columnist Edmon J. Rodman wonders. After all, isn’t that where all the trouble starts?

  • Going to the source of Rosh Hashanah sweetness

    Not wanting to take holiday honey for granted anymore, columnist Edmon J. Rodman suits up with a beekeeper at a hive of activity in California.

  • On Tisha b’Av, feeling the loss from the flames

    The flames from the destruction of the First and Second Temples that Jews remember on Tisha b’Av seem so distant until the tragedy in Arizona burns a connecting path, writes columnist Edmon J. Rodman.