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High Holidays

Rabbi David Wolpe – 1st Day Rosh Hashanah Sermon

Rabbi David Wolpe 5781 Rosh Hashanah (Day 1)

On Rosh Hashanah call, Trump tells American Jews ‘We love your country’ and asks for their vote

WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Donald Trump spent much of his 20-minute call with American Jewish leaders making the case for more American Jews to vote for him. He closed by repeating a line that has raised their eyebrows before.

“We really appreciate you,” Trump said as he signed off the call, an annual pre-Rosh Hashanah presidential tradition. “We love your country also.”

Earlier, introducing his Jewish son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who...

A tale of two High Holidays: Why Orthodox Jews are going to synagogue while everyone else is on Zoom

By SHIRA HANAU

(JTA) – At the Jewish Center on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, this year’s High Holidays were anything but normal.

With eight services happening in various spaces throughout the building, on the roof and in the street (closed off to facilitate services), approximately 400 people gathered for socially distanced and masked services at the Modern Orthodox synagogue.

Within just a few blocks of the synagogue, members of eight...

Area virtual and in-person worship services

The following is a listing of some of the area services. We are missing the Uptown Chabad House, the Metairie Chabad Center and the Tulane Hillel schedules, which can be found by checking their websites.

CONGREGATION ANSHE SFARD SYNAGOGUE

Due to limited seating, there were only seats available for Sunday, Sept. 20 at the last communication.

CONGREGATION BETH ISRAEL

www.bethisraelnola.com

Pre-Shabbat Kabbalat Shabbat 

Limited seating for both days of Rosh...

Area synagogues to observe High Holy Days virtually and limited in-person

BY DEAN M. SHAPIRO, Special to the CCJN

As sundown approaches on the New Year and the hurricane threat passes, rabbis and their staffs at the three New Orleans area Reform synagogues and the Conservative congregation in Metairie are concluding preparations for celebrating the High Holy Days in an unprecedented way.

Observances of Rosh Hashannah 5781 and Yom Kippur will be offered through a variety of live and pre-recorded streaming...

Hinneni

By RABBI JOSEPH H. PROUSER

I have presided over congregational High Holy Day services for well over 30 years. As a rabbi, I have delivered sermons, offered commentary, and served as Torah reader. I am, however, no cantor! Happily, I have been blessed with the partnership of gifted, creative, and devoted Chazzanim – true musical talents.

On one memorable occasion, however, I realized just moments before Musaf that my cantor...

On the Other Side of the Door

By RABBI MENACHEM CREDITOR

As a child, I always wanted to be the one to open the door for the Prophet Elijah on Passover. It was always so exciting, so full of anticipation. In later years, I recall children sneaking out just before it was time to open the door, only to show up dressed like Elijah, ready to surprise us.

The laughter that accompanied Elijah’s entrance still rings in...

Person in the Parsha: Rosh Hashanah

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

WILLING TO CHANGE

Sometimes even the corniest of old jokes has a profound lesson to teach us.

“How many psychologists does it take to change a light bulb?”

In case you haven’t already heard the answer to this example of tired “light bulb” humor, it goes like this: 

“Just one....

Person in the Parsha: Nitzavim-Vayelech

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

 

REFLECTIONS UPON THE YEAR’S END

It is the last Sabbath of this year, and we will shortly usher in the New Year.

Without a doubt, there is quite a bit of sadness attached to this Sabbath, and indeed, to this time of year. Sure, we look forward to a new year with...

Sounds

By RABBI JOSEPH H. PROUSER

The Shofar is sounded every weekday in Elul to herald the approach of Rosh Hashanah. While an expert can induce a rousing spiritual experience with a powerful Shofar blast, Jewish Law insists that “all sounds produced with the Shofar are valid.” Euphonious tones… as well as squeaks, sputters, groans, gravelly rasps, and jarring squawks: all Kosher (Rosh Hashanah 27B; OH 587:1)!

This principle reminds us...