Rosh Hashanah

Inspiring Jews we lost in 5779

By JTA Staff

(JTA) — The close of every year brings with it bittersweet reminders of the incredible figures we lost in the year that was.

This year the task of remembering the departed is particularly fraught as 12 people on the list were lost to acts of anti-Jewish violence...
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Shofar

By RABBI JOSEPH H. PROUSER

Shanah Tovah! Wishing you much blessing in 5780!

The sounding of the Shofar – the ram’s horn – is a much anticipated highlight of Rosh Hashanah worship. Explanations of this observance abound:

The Shofar was heard at Mount Sinai, where Israel became a nation and...
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Rosh Hashanah is how we prove our humanity. Are you ready?

By RABBI DAVID BASHEVKIN 

NEW YORK (JTA) — Rosh Hashanah commemorates the creation of mankind. But if Rosh Hashanah is indeed the collective birthday of humanity, why do we “celebrate” with all our focus on God, sin and repentance?  The Rosh Hashanah liturgy is filled with references of God’s kingship as humanity...
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Molly Yeh’s Apple Cider Brisket: A treat for brunch, too

By MOLLY YEH

This slow-cooked brisket is featured on season 4 of Molly Yeh’s Food Network show “Girl Meets Farm,” which captures her life on a sugar beet farm. Flavored with apple cider and maple syrup, it embraces Rosh Hashanah food traditions and, best of all, can be enjoyed at...
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Mayim Bialik shares her 10 mea culpas for Rosh Hashanah

By MAYIM BIALIK

LOS ANGELES (JTA) — In the Reform synagogue I was raised in, they taught us a song around the Jewish New Year:

Let’s be friends. Make amends. Now’s the time to say I’m sorry.

Let’s be friends. Make amends. Please say you’ll forgive me.

For the 10...
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The 8 must-read Jewish news stories of 5779

By JTA STAFF

(JTA) — The Jewish calendar year 5779 was a turbulent and often painful one for Jews around the world. Mounting global anti-Semitism, two deadly American synagogue shootings and two (as yet) inconclusive Israeli elections in the space of just a few months were among the stories that...
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Why Stephen Miller’s childhood rabbi singled him out in his Rosh Hashanah sermon

By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN

(JTA) — Rabbi Neil Comess-Daniels didn’t mince words when he criticized Stephen Miller, a senior adviser to President Donald Trump and a former congregant of his Southern California synagogue, in his Rosh Hashanah sermon.

“Honestly, Mr. Miller, you’ve set back the Jewish contribution to making the world...
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Tashlich

By RABBI JOSEPH H. PROUSER

It is customary on Rosh Hashanah, or later during the Ten Days of Repentance, to perform the ceremony of “Tashlich.” We go to a body of water and symbolically cast off our past sins and failings by throwing bread (or pocket lint!) into the water....
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Area rabbis discuss how to approach Rosh Hashanah

By ALAN SMASON

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, begins tonight, September 9 and continues through the evening of September 11. It begins the period known as the Days of Awe or the Ten Days of Penitence, which culminates with Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement and the holiest day...
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A Jewish atonement ritual (not the chicken one) gets an eco-friendly makeover

By PENNY SCHWARTZ 

SOMERVILLE, Mass. (JTA) — On the first afternoon of Rosh Hashanah, Rabbi Eliana Jacobowitz will lead her congregation on a walk to the Blessing of the Bay Boathouse on the Mystic River for tashlich, a centuries-old ritual when Jews symbolically discard their sins from the past year into a...
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