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  • Tasting a new sweetness in Rosh Hashanah

    Custom has Jews eating apples and honey together to ensure a sweet new year, but for those who want to shake things up, columnist Edmon J. Rodman offers some possibilities dripping with symbolism.

  • Training for Neilah: Doing the prep for Yom Kippur’s finale

    Some ways to prepare — actions that will help you stand and focus, getting you to the closing gates, before the final shofar blows — from JTA columnist Edmon J. Rodman.

  • Seeking forgiveness on Selichot with help from the pros

    With the coming of Selichot, a service of repentance-centered prayers said in preparation for the High Holidays, columnist Edmon J. Rodman mulls whether we can learn from the many aired mea culpas this year by public figures such as Tiger Woods and BP Chairman Tony Hayward.

  • Out on a limb at a Jewish genealogy conference

    Was the Vilna Gaon — 18th century Talmudic scholar, author and the major non-Chasidic Jewish leader of his age — part of his wife’s family tree? Edmon J. Rodman went on a search to find out.

  • Lamenting the gulf on Tisha B’Av

    Edmon J. Rodman offers laments on Tisha B’Av, when the Jewish people darken their mood and grieve their losses, for what has happened in the Gulf of Mexico.

  • Rising for Albert and his famous baseball song

    “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” is the product of a Jewish-Episcopalian collaboration, but Jewish songwriter Albert Von Tilzer and lyricist Jack Norworth go largely unrecognized by baseball, and Von Tilzer scores barely a nod in the Jewish community.

  • Jewish sparklers light up the Fourth

    Bruce Zoldan and his family own the B.J. Alan Company of Youngstown, Ohio, the second largest importer and wholesaler of consumer fireworks in the United States.

  • Exchanging gifts on Yom Ha’Dad

    With the arrival of Father’s Day, Yom Ha’Dad, it’s a good time to think about what it means to be a real Jewish mensch dad, columnist Edmon J. Rodman writes.

  • Making a trip to the stars of Memorial Day

    Since the U.S. Supreme Court now makes it seem acceptable to erect public war memorials using symbols once thought to be purely sectarian, Star of David memorials should be erected to remember the Jewish servicemen and servicewomen and all others who have died for their country, Edmon J. Rodman writes.

  • Visiting the alef garden on Shavuot

    Torah all-nighter will leave you refreshed and reconnected, writes columnist Edmon J. Rodman.