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    Why Do We Eat Pomegranates on Rosh Hashanah?

    Pomegranates on Rosh Hashanah
    You are probably familiar with apples and honey for a sweet Jewish New Year, but that's not the only food symbol on the Rosh Hashanah table. 

    Pomegranates are considered a new fruit- one that is back in season for the fall. They say a pomegranate has 613 arils (seeds) which is the same as the number of commandments in the Torah. (We haven't counted, but I trust this.) Pomegranates are also a symbol of fertility, another reference of new things to come, and are mentioned numerous times in the bible. May your blessings in the New Year be as numerous as the seeds of a pomegranate!

    Pomegranate items to help you celebrate:
    Pomegranate recipes:

    PunkTorah Fridays at ModernTribe

    This week's videos are an amazingly funny cartoon of Parshat Tetzaveh written and narrated by Patrick Aleph for G-dCast.com, a D'var Torah on Parshat Vayishlach (this week's Torah portion) and a video on PunkTorah's newest project Indie.Yeshiva.

    I hope you have a wonderful weekend! Shabbat Shalom!

    Parshat Tetzaveh For G-dCast.com (Hebrew Fashion Week!)


    Parshat Vayishlach (Jacob Wrestles and Becomes Israel)


    Indie.Yeshiva (Open Source, Free Jewish Education)

    ModernTribe: Best of the Web Wednesday


    Woman Arrested For Wearing Tallit At Western Wall (Haaretz)

    Table Talk For A Jewish Thanksgiving (JTA)

    Michal's Tefillin Sets Up Foundation To Enable Gifted Jewish Women (Michal's Tefillin)

    Images of Jews In American Theater (MyJewishLearning)

    Jew Rock Stars Can!!Can, FrumSatire, Matthue Roth and More (HeebnVegan)

    JDub Records Looking For New Director of Marketing (JDub Records)

    What's New at ModernTribe

    This week, we are featuring some exciting wood products for the design enthusiast who wants to bring nature into their home. These wonderful gifts are perfect for the neo-folk/urban primitive/Americana fan.


    Wooden Kiddush Cups
    On a search for new kiddush cups we wondered, "could there be a kiddush cup that reflects an earthy, eco-centered approach while at the same time holding true to modern design aesthetic?" Well, we found it! These cups are hand carved with love and are perfect for someone who likes the neo-folk or craftsman style. Enjoy Shabbat with your choice of style.

    Hand carved and one of a kind.


    Wooden Dreidel Set
    This set of wooden dreidels are hand carved in four terrific designs. Their curious shapes are fun spin on the traditional toy. A great gift for someone who appreciates the urban cottage/arts and crafts style. All dreidels are hand carved, one of a kind, and spin -- even the square one! Tray included.

    Sizes: Round (2"), Square (4"), Lettered (2.25"), Dark Round (2.25"), Tray (3.75").


    Craftsman Ladybug Tzedakah Box
    This sand-blasted, hand-painted maple wood tzedakah box with Swarovski crystals is both neo-folk and completely modern. The delicacy of the carving on the front of the box with touches of pink, blue and green make this box a treasure for a child.

    Size: 3"x4"x5".

    Happy Shopping!