Rosh Hashanah

Honest Boundaries Make Good Neighbors

I always forget, in between trips, how stunningly beautiful Israel is. When I return, it is like opening a favorite ...

Find Your Rosh Hashanah Tablescape Inspiration

Some of us are blessed with the “D” (designer) gene and well, some of us can cook. Let’s just say ...

Between Death and Life

Years ago, I faced a summer’s end with a series of five deaths in the tiny congregation I served as ...

Syrian Candied Gourd for Rosh Hashanah

Everybody knows about dipping apples in honey to celebrate Rosh Hashanah for a “sweet” year. But in the Syrian tradition, we have ...

Beyond Belief: Navigating Our Way Through the High Holy Days

“Where there is faith, there are fewer beliefs. You use beliefs to shore up opinions, rather than a relationship with ...

Give Heed to the Bark/Meow/Cluck of the Shofar

Apparently yesterday was “National Dog Day.” I had not heard of National Dog Day before, but it was created 10 ...

Beep, Turn the Page.    

When I was growing up, I used to listen to records of GI Joe or Sci Fi stories that came ...

What Should Your Rabbi Talk About?

Tisha B’Av (Aug. 5th), which commemorates the destruction of the Temple also marks the seven week countdown to Rosh Hashanah. ...

Joy as an Answer to Death

“How do I go on?”  I was asked recently at a service following the death of a beautiful woman in ...

Taking It To The Streets

Sukkot was never a big deal for me when growing up. Coming so soon after the pomp and circumstance of ...

Yom Kippur in Vicksburg and Longview

This Yom Kippur, the ISJL’s Rabbi Marshal Klaven and Rabbi Matt Dreffin will return to the communities where they spent ...

Shanah Tovah from the South!

Wishing y’all a year full of health, happiness, and hope, wherever you live!