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  • Table talk for a Jewish Thanksgiving

    For what should a Jew be thankful? Here’s a discussion for the table and a few answers.

  • When Havdalah haunts Halloween

    JTA columnist Edmon Rodman suggests that this Saturday night is the perfect time to accentuate the distinction between Holy Shabbat time and the secular every day.

  • Raising sukkahs and consciousness the DIY way

    As you lay out the materials and tools to build your own sukkah, as you define the space that will define your season of joy, think about this: As you build the sukkah, is the sukkah building you?

  • Reading the stones of Rosh Hashanah

    Hebrew headstones are talking. As the Jewish New Year approaches, we have a good chance to listen — an opportunity, really, to honor lives lived, and to deepen our understanding of Jewish time and place by visiting a Jewish cemetery.

  • Someone’s listening on Yom Kippur

    Yom Kippur is a difficult day with fasting and Yizkor. So as an aid to help awaken your listening skills and sermon focus, here are some tips.

  • Time for a Jewish Couples Hall of Fame

    Tu B’Av, the little-known and ancient Jewish holiday of love, should also become a time for examining and celebrating the state of Jewish coupledom.

  • After swine flu: Finding camp at home

    A father recounts the experience of bringing his son back from camp.

  • Fasting at Tisha B’Av can stir hunger for giving

    At Tisha B’Av this year, think of fasting as a tzedakah stimulus plan, writes Edmon J. Rodman.

  • Lighting a Jewish fuse on the Fourth

    Here are eight Jewish connections that help bring a Jewish spark to America’s day of independence, which this year falls on Shabbat.

  • Summer vacation: J-Tours and detours into Jewish geography

    On vacation, our eyes come alive with new signs of Jewish life in the streets, shops, even in the faces and speech patterns of fellow travelers, Edmon J. Rodman writes.