Cover Story: Wishing a peaceful Rosh Hashanah 5778. Shanah Tovah!

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Greet Jewish friends with “Shanah Tovah!”

“Have a Good New Year!” That’s what the Hebrew greeting means in English and, this week, our online magazine celebrates the many Jewish writers who contribute to ReadTheSpirit and also to our publishing house.

Among our Jewish authors, who you might enjoy exploring during this season, are: Rabbi Bob Alper, Rabbi Joseph Krakoff with Dr. Michelle SiderDebra Darvick, Lynne Meredith Golodner, Brenda Rosenberg, Suzy Farbman, Robert Pasick, and many of the Women of WISDOM.

Holidays columnist Stephanie Fenton celebrates Rosh Hashanah in this story that also includes various links to online holiday recipes, plus a section of 2017 news items related to the New Year. Then, even though Yom Kippur does not begin until sunset on September 29 this year, Stephanie also has a story about that solemn day of fasting and reflection. Her Yom Kippur story this year has an added bonus—a video featuring a version of the Kol Nidre music played by Pablo Casals.

Related to the ancient cycle of Jewish holidays is the autumn season, moving toward winter. After the High Holidays, the harvest festival of Sukkot is coming. So, Stephanie also writes about the Northern Hemisphere’s Autumnal Equinox, this week. Once again, her column includes links to appropriate recipes and autumn-themed do-it-yourself crafts such as applehead dolls and a pinecone wreath.

REFLECTING ON OUR LIVES

HEADLINE NEWS NOWDetroit Free Press religion writer Niraj Warikoo makes an inspiring connection this week between the High Holidays and the work of Rabbi Joseph Krakoff, a leader of a hospice network. Krakoff and artist Michelle Sider developed the new book Never Long Enough to help prompt family memories. Niraj Warikoo reports on this connection between the High Holidays, the rabbi’s ongoing work and Never Long Enough.

Learn more at: https://neverlongenough.net/

Want to see all the holidays? Remember  www.InterfaithHolidays.org.

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ONE WOMAN’S CONVERSION

GodSigns—Suzy Farbman’s column this week is about a character already familiar to our regular readers: The wandering nurse Karen Raff, the subject of an earlier three-part series of columns that many readers enjoyed and shared on social media. In this week’s column, looking ahead to the Jewish High Holidays, Suzy tells the story of Karen’s conversion to Judaism..

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FAITH & FILM

ED McNULTY, for decades, has published reviews, magazine articles and books exploring connections between faith and film. Most of his work is freely published at VisualParables.org. Ed supports his work by selling the Visual Parables Journala monthly magazine packed with complete study guides to films. This resource is used coast-to-coast by individuals who love the movies and by educators, clergy and small-group leaders.

Among Ed’s latest free movie reviews are:

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