Rosh Hashanah

5776: The year in review

By BEN HARRIS

(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

By BETH KISSILEFF

(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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The Rosh Hashanah wakeup call

By CINDY SHER

(JNS.org) — Close your eyes and imagine yourself in the synagogue listening to the blasting of the shofar, something many of us will be doing just a couple weeks from now. Feel the power of the sound—the staccato notes, the longer notes, and the really really long...
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‘Sorry’ is not enough

By TED ROBERTS, the SCRIBBLER ON THE ROOF

Christianity and Judaism have many customs and symbolism in common. Naturally, as the aphorism states, the child does not stray far from the mother. We both take vows to repair our character. But in one area we grossly diverge; the proclamation of...
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Chocolate Cranberry Challah Rolls with Citrus Sugar

By SHANNON SARNA

It’s almost Rosh Hashanah and so by my clock time for another sweet challah recipe for the New Year. And one of the easiest ways to make a sweet, crowd-pleasing challah is to add chocolate chips, of course.

Chocolate chip challah on its own is delicious and...
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Looking back at 5775

By URIEL HEILMAN

NEW YORK (JTA) — As 5775 winds to a close, here’s a look back on the highs and lows (and everything in between) of the year that was.

September 2014

At the annual U.N. General Assembly, President Barack Obama focuses his speech on the ISIS, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin...
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The top Jewish newsmakers of 5775

By JULIE WIENER

(JTA) — Whether you love them or hate them — or your feelings are purely pareve — these 13 Jews repeatedly made the news in 5775.

David Blatt 

American-Israeli coach David Blatt, in his first season as the Cleveland Cavaliers head coach, guided the club to the NBA...
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Why the Chosen People are choosing aliyah

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ

(JTA) — In their central Jerusalem apartment, Natan and Avital Sharansky can hear their new upstairs neighbors chatting in French on their patio.

The young family moved into the penthouse earlier this month, shortly after immigrating to Israel with help of the Jewish Agency for Israel — the semi-official organization for...
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