Rosh Hashanah

‘Iran fighting to survive,’ Trump says on Rosh Hashanah greeting call

(JTA) — The U.S. pullout from the nuclear deal with Iran triggered a European desertion of that country that is threatening its regime’s survival, President Donald Trump said.

Trump spoke about the issue Thursday during a Rosh Hashanah phone call with rabbis and Jewish leaders. Taking part in the 20-minute...
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Emmanuel Macron becomes first sitting French president to attend pre-Rosh Hashanah ceremony

(JTA) — French President Emmanuel Macron attended a pre-Rosh Hashanah ceremony at the Great Synagogue of Paris, the first time that a sitting president has done so.

Macron, who was presented with several varieties of honey as a gift in honor of the Jewish New Year, did not speak at...
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OP-ED: Rosh Hashanah needs a little preparation. We have a digital solution.


CHICAGO (JTA) — Too often, Rosh Hashanah resembles Kramer from “Seinfeld.”

Barging onto the scene in a haste, it takes us aback. Its entry neither upsets nor disappoints us. But it comes with little warning, out of nowhere.

The Jewish...
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Area rabbis reflect on meaning of Rosh Hashanah


In anticipation of Rosh Hashanah, four prominent New Orleans area rabbis discussed their thoughts about the holiday, noting in particular its unique relationship to personal change and time. Rosh Hashanah, which marks the beginning of the Jewish New Year, is celebrated on the...
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Apologies and non-apologies in the year of our Trump 5777


WASHINGTON (JTA) – There are apologies, there are non-apologies and there are apologies that never were.

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are approaching: We are in the season of repentance and its most apt expression, apologizing to our fellow women and men.

The Trump presidency presents special challenges to...
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The top 14 Jewish newsmakers of 5776


(JTA) — With Rosh Hashanah approaching, which Jews made the biggest news in the past Jewish year? From the presidential election to Israel to your TV screen, here are 14 Jews who earned headlines during the past 12 months for their accomplishments, blunders, mitzvahs and missteps.

Bernie Sanders

First on...
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5776: The year in review


(JTA) — A stabbing and car-ramming epidemic in Israel that some called a third intifada was among the most dominant Jewish stories of the past year.

But 5776 was also notable for the release of spy Jonathan Pollard after 30 years in prison, the communal fallout from the Iran nuclear deal,...
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Celebrity chefs share their Rosh Hashanah recipes


(JTA) — Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, gives Jews a sense of change and new beginnings. One of the ways to signal that renewal and optimism is to engage our senses: We listen to the shofar, the clarion call of the season, and we eat symbolic...
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In Rosh Hashanah call with rabbis, Obama says Jewish role in civil rights can inspire healing

WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Barack Obama told rabbis in a pre-High Holidays call that Jews should share their story of working to advance civil rights as a means of inspiring change at a time of racial tensions.

Obama spoke Monday with over 600 rabbis from the Reform, Conservative, Orthodox and...
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PM Netanyahu offers Rosh Hashanah greetings

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered his respects to the entire Jewish world in sending out greetings for the new year of 5776.

His videotaped remarks sent from his office in Jerusalem emphasized that Israel is the area’s only democracy in “a region plagued by fanaticism and terror.”

Netanyahu reiterated that...
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