Originally published on Wed September 24, 2014 1:31 pm
Judaism, like most religions, operates in the moral and ethical choices that happen every single day, but there are also times set aside for really digging deep, like the Days of Awe, a 10-day period that begins at sunset Wednesday. Sunset also marks the beginning of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.
"It's a kind of spiritual taking of stock, both regarding what we've done in the past and how we're going to proceed in the future," says Lawrence Schiffman, who teaches Judaic studies at New York University.
Between colorful murals and art galleries, the smell of freshly baked bread wafts through the air in Wynwood. And though the sign on the building simply reads "Bakery," inside Zak the Baker's Wynwood café, a lot more is going on than at your average corner bake shop.
"Sometimes I take a step back and look on what we've done and I'm quite proud. I'm pleased with the direction," says Zak Stern, owner of Zak the Baker. "I'm grateful for the way the community has supported this project, just seeing it grow from the garage to where it is today."
11/27/13 - Wednesday’s Topical Currents looks at the 200 year history of Hanukkah in America. Professor Dianne Ashton looks at how American Jews have been transforming the ancient holiday from a simple occasion into something grand.
11/26/13 - Today’s Topical Currents is with journalist David Laskin, who’s chronicled the amazing divergence of his German Jewish family after the rise of Nazism. One branch emigrated to Palestine and embraced socialism. Another branch went the other way, and came to the US. They founded the famous Maidenform Bra Company. A third family branch chose to stay put in Europe. All of them were exterminated in the Holocaust.