Rosh Hashanah

Israel warns on High Holidays travel

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israeli government has advised Israelis and all Jews to avoid travel to several countries, including Egypt and Turkey, during the High Holidays, a popular time for leisure travel.

An advisory from the Prime Minister Office’s counterterrorism bureau warned that terrorists and terror groups such as al-Qaida...
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5773 Year in Review: Fighting over Jewish pluralism

By URIEL HEILMAN

NEW YORK (JTA) — In 5773, the religious wars just would not go away.

In Israel, elections that extended Benjamin Netanyahu’s tenure as prime minister delivered big wins to two anti-Orthodox-establishment upstarts, Yair Lapid and Naftali Bennett. For the first time in nearly two decades, Israel’s coalition...
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For the New Year, children’s books opening new worlds

By PENNY SCHWARTZ

BOSTON (JTA) — Shofars, apples and honey, make room for pomegranates, couscous and pumpkins.

The new crop of children’s books for the High Holidays opens a world beyond the beloved traditional symbols of the New Year (Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown on Sept. 4).

From ancient times...
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What children can teach us at Rosh Hashanah

By DASEE BERKOWITZ

NEW YORK (JTA) — A deep spiritual life is hard to find. While opportunities abound for spiritual connections (yoga, meditation, retreats and the like), for most of us it doesn’t come easy. The noise, unfinished to-do lists and the distractions of everyday life interfere with quieting our...
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Going to the source of Rosh Hashanah sweetness

By EDMON J. RODMAN

LOS ANGELES (JTA) — Here’s the buzz about Rosh Hashanah: Beyond a congregation or family, it takes a hive to have a holiday. You may have your tickets, new dress or suit and High Holidays app, but without the honey in which to dip a slice...
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Traditional and modern tastes have a place at New Year’s tables

By HELEN NASH

NEW YORK (JTA) — Nearly 30 years ago, when my first cookbook was published, I wrote that kosher cooking wasn’t just about traditional recipes like gefilte fish and chopped liver, that you could make gourmet meals and international dishes using kosher ingredients.

Since then, many new kosher...
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Person in the Parsha: VAYELECH

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

“Forgiven, But Not Forgotten”

He was one of the greatest Talmud scholars of the last century, but outside of a small circle of disciples, he was never well-known. He was a tragic figure in many ways, and although few have heard of him...
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In some shuls, congregants are encouraged to keep phones on

By DEBRA RUBIN

(JTA) — Don’t turn off your phone — it’s not an announcement typically heard as religious services begin. But congregants at a Miami Beach High Holidays service for young adults will be asked to use their cellphones to send text messages to the rabbi during parts of the...
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Menu inspired by ‘simanim’ brings meaning to Rosh Hashanah

By JAMIE GELLER

(JTA) — So this is where it all comes together — all the thought, all the planning, the testing. And the tasting, the tasting and the tasting. (That’s the best part). A simanim-inspired menu brings added challenges, but also adds a level of meaning to your Rosh...
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Fun Activities for Rosh Hashanah

FUN  ACTIVITIES FOR ROSH HASHANAH

Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year.  It’s a time for all Jews to reflect the prior year, and prepare for the new one!  The term literally means “the head of the year.”

ACTIVITIES: 

1.    Greeting Cards…..Jazz up this fun and traditional activity by scanning your...
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