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Holiday Features

Should my sukkah have a debt ceiling?

LOS ANGELES — Each Sukkot we read in Kohelet, Ecclesiastes, that there “is a time to tear down, and a time to build up.” For my sukkah it was time for both. Last year...

In the spirit of the Mishnah…freeing up the seder

By David Arnow, JTA SCARSDALE, NY —— You can find the secret to creating lively Passover seders in a surprising place — the 1,800-year-old law code, the Mishnah....

Baking your own matzah

LOS ANGELES — In every generation, the Haggadah tells us, the wise, the simple, the non-askers and even the baddies are obligated to see themselves as though they...

Nuts, nuts, apples and wine: Hillel Goldberg’s charoset

FIRST, the good news: this charoset recipe yields scrumptious charoset. Second, the better news: If you like charoset not just for the seders, but for the rest of...

New December dilemma: early Chanukah

CHRISTMAS comes but once a year, on Dec. 25: not Nov. 29, not Dec. 28, but Dec. 25. Chanukah also comes but once a year, on 25 Kislev: not 10 Kislev, not 21 Kislev, but...

Eight nights

By Dasee Berkowitz, JTA NEW YORK —— When I walked into our local K-mart the night after Labor Day, Christmas music beckoned shoppers to consume. Traditional...

Simchat Torah: Circle dances with the Torah

LOS ANGELES — Want to dance with Jewish tradition but don’t know the steps? Ask Simchat Torah to dance. Not a conventional dancer, it’s a star partner who will drag...

Scoring schach

LOS ANGELES — His 14-foot-long pole saw in hand, Paul Nisenbaum is ready to head out into the great urban forest in a search for schach. The Los Angeles teacher and...

The art and skill of shofar-blowing, a mile above sea level

By Sarah Wolberg Sounding the shofar on the High Holidays is a major honor. Shofar sounders at Colorado synagogues practice for weeks before Rosh Hashanah to prepare for...

One man’s journey into the world of keeping kosher

LOS ANGELES — With lots of matzah, boxes of the right flat stuff required for the making of everything, are you kosher for Passover? What about the day after; then what...