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Rosh Hashanah

Area rabbis discuss how to approach Rosh Hashanah


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 on the Jewish calendar.

In conjunction with the onset of the holiday, the CCJN surveyed several of the Greater New...

A Jewish atonement ritual (not the chicken one) gets an eco-friendly makeover


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 moving body of water.

But instead of the customary bits of stale bread, breadcrumbs or even bits of matzah saved...

‘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 call were his son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner; U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman; the attorney and law professor Alan...

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 the Tuesday evening program, since France has a strict separation between state and religion, the French news agency AFP reported.


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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 New Year isn’t experienced most effectively as a rude, Kramer-like entrance. It works far better as the culmination of a...

Rabbis Reflect on Rosh Hashanah


In anticipation of Rosh Hashanah, the Crescent City Jewish News spoke with four rabbis in the New Orleans area about their thoughts on the holiday, discussing in particular its relationship to personal change and time. Rosh Hashanah, which begins at sundown on September 20, marks the beginning of the Jewish New Year, and it is celebrated on the first and second days of Tishrei,...

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 apology trackers: Donald just doesn’t do them, but he loves them when he gets them. And sometimes he insists he...

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 our list is the first Jewish candidate to win a major party’s presidential primary. Once considered the longest of shots,...

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, a historic (and unfinished) agreement on egalitarian worship at the Western Wall and continuing clashes between pro-Israel students and the BDS...

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 foods, such as round challah (representing the cyclical nature of life) and enjoy the sweetness of apples dipped in honey.