I had always thought of Jewish cemeteries as solemn places – but that was before going to a hilloula (festivity) 30 years ago in the Moroccan town of Ouazzane on Lag BaOmer, the Jewish holiday that falls on the 33rd day between Pesach and Shavuot.
Elul is famously a month of t'shuvah, returning and atonement, and these five films anticipate the penitential prayers.
Every year, I set out apples and honey on our holiday table even though I don’t like traditional bee honey. This year, I have a solution.
Season three of Transparent premieres September 23, and it couldn’t come at a more appropriate time: in the middle of Elul, the day before we begin reciting Selichot.
Anyone can open the door to Judaism for another, but will those standing at the door be intimidating shomrim (guards) or welcoming mezuzot (encased Torah texts on doorframes)?
Here are 10 volumes, from the humorous to the humbling, that you’ll want on your reading list to help heighten the High Holidays.