Thursday, October 29th 2020   |

Rosh Hashanah

Shortened shofar blasts and last-minute sermon tweaks: How Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death changed Rosh Hashanah services

By PHILISSA CRAMER

(JTA) — Rabbi Matt Soffer was leaving his synagogue on Friday evening after leading Rosh Hashanah services alone for a congregation following along online when the text came from his wife: Ruth Bader Ginsburg had died. 

“The news brought me to my knees and I wept,” Soffer said.

Then the messages started coming — from his family, his friends, his congregants at Judea Reform Congregation in Durham,...

OP-ED: Not feeling it in Zoom synagogue? Going outside could help.

By TIFFANY SHLAIN

(JTA) — This year, you can quiet a congregation of Jews with a press of your mute button. It’s hard to believe.

During a normal High Holiday season, synagogues are packed, and services are accompanied by a cacophony of on- and off-key singing, random coughs, babies crying and an impatient chorus of “Is it over yet?” from both children and bubbes. 

Just as the Beatles’ managers hired...

Person in the Parsha: Shabbat Shuva

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

 

DO YOU HEAR VOICES?

Do you ever hear voices?

I do, especially at this time of year.

It is now the period of time between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. This ten-day period is known as the ten days of Teshuvah, or repentance. During this time Jews become more contemplative,...

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...

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...

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...