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Why Do We Eat a Fish Head on Rosh Hashanah?

By Aron Moss
There is a custom to eat the head of a fish on the night of Rosh Hashanah. What does this actually mean? I can’t make head or tail of it . . .

Why Are Shofars from Rams’ Horns?

By Yehuda Shurpin
I understand that that the Torah tells us that there is a mitzvah to blow a horn on Rosh Hashanah, but why is it specifically a ram’s horn? Is that a mitzvah, or just tradition?

What’s With the Candles?

By Aron Moss
When you use something physical, it gets “used up” and diminished. With spiritual things, the very opposite is the case

Who Cares?

By Rochel Holzkenner
Here was a nation that had experienced the greatest miracles of all time: the ten plagues, the splitting of the Red Sea and the manna. And yet they were not impervious to the plague of doubt . . .

Tasting Rewards

Translated and Adapted by Moshe Wisnefsky
Working the grain field and working the vineyard represent the two aspects of our relationship with G‑d.

Learn the Parshah in Depth

A condensation of the weekly Torah portion alongside select commentaries culled from the Midrash, Talmud, Chassidic masters, and the broad corpus of Jewish scholarship.

The Road Home

By Sarah Zadok
Not that I had anything against rabbis per se; I was just young and more interested in carving out my own brand of spirituality. But here I was, as low as I had ever felt, knocking gently on the proverbial “heaven’s door.”

My Nephew Wants to Be a Banana

By Elisha Greenbaum
He giggles a bit at the foolishness of adults who waste their time asking such ridiculous questions, and calmly returns to his artwork.

The Meaning of the Shofar

By Moishe Denburg
The meaning and symbolism behind the shape of the ram’s horn sounded on Rosh Hashanah.

Elul Acronyms

Aaron L. Raskin
The name of the Hebrew month Elul is spelled alef-lamed-vav-lamed. This corresponds to five different scriptural acronyms that represent five areas of special emphasis in Elul: 1) Torah study, 2) prayer, 3) acts of kindness, 4) repentance and 5) redemption.

The Road to Resilience

By Miriam Karp
How can a mother, a family, continue living after such a tragic event?

Tempering Tantrums

By Sarah Chana Radcliffe
Kids get upset a lot. Adults do too. In fact, miserable feelings are a gift from G‑d, a signal that something is wrong and needs to be fixed.

G-d Loves Mrs. H.

By Chana Perman

Apple Noodle Kugel for Rosh Hashanah

By Miriam Szokovski

River of Light

By Miriam Karp

Yosi Piamenta, 64, Jewish Guitarist and Songwriter

By Yaakov Ort
The Jewish guitarist and songwriter known as the “Hasidic Hendrix”—whose fusion of rock, Sephardic and Chassidic genres left an indelible impression on contemporary Jewish music—passed away in New York yesterday after a long illness. He was 64 years old.

After ‘Superhero’ Is Killed, Memories of His Good Deeds Endure

By Mordechai Lightstone
Leonard B. Robinson, who cheered up sick kids with his costume and ‘Batmobile,’ donned tefillin for first time in 2012.

10 Mitzvah Campaigns, 10 Video Lectures: Rabbi Digs Deep Into Their Significance

By Menachem Posner showcasing foundational programs by Rabbi Mendel Kaplan in Canada.

Ten Years After Hurricane Katrina: Jewish New Orleans Keeps Growing Younger

By Mindy Rubenstein
Chabad fits right into the demographic change that occurred following the storm.

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On Friday, September 4, 2015,
Light Shabbat Candles at 6:59 PM

Torah Reading: Ki Teitzei
Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19

Halachic Times for Conejo Valley

Latest Shema 9:41 AM
Shekia (Sunset) 7:25 PM
Tzeit (nightfall) 7:57 PM

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