Susan S. Ringel

Susan S. Ringel

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I have a slight problem at Rosh HaShanah.

Although I set out the most beautiful apples and a bowl of honey on our holiday table each year, I don’t like the taste of traditional bee honey. No offense to the bees, but it’s just too pungent and sharp for me.

I never gravitate toward recipes that include honey when I cook or bake, making baklava, sopaipillas, flan, and the like nish fir mir (not for me). Nonetheless, apples and honey provide a brilliant symbol for a sweet new year, and one that has many different explanations.

Here are just a few:

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I truly believe in the joy of Judaism. I love Jewish holidays (with Shabbat, Sukkot, and Purim at the top of the list), Jewish humor, and Jewish culture. I also find it joyful to teach Hebrew, cook and eat Jewish food, and do mitzvah projects.

But of course there are more somber parts of Judaism, notably Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. Each year, my husband Mark and I volunteer at our synagogue, Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple, in Beachwood, OH, with a program run by the Men of Fairmount Temple (MFT). We are in the corps of 30 or so volunteers who deliver about 700 Yom...

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