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Rosh Hashanah

Year in Review: 5773


NEW YORK (JTA) — From wars and elections to scandals and triumphs, JTA and the Crescent City Jewish News take a look back at the highlights of the Jewish year 5773.

September 2012

The New Orleans Jewish community is still reeling from the slow-moving minimal strength Hurricane Issac that tested the electric grid and plunged most of the area into darkness in late...

While you celebrate the New Year, think as you dip


(JTNews) — I have a bush outside of my house that blooms brilliant flowers each spring. With those flowers come honeybees. Lots and lots of bees. When the bush starts growing out of control and I have this urge to break out my clippers and start trimming, something stops me: The knowledge that these bees, whether they know it or not, have to work extra hard since...

Federations’ security arm calls for awareness on holy days

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Security awareness should be a primary consideration for synagogues during the High Holidays, the security arm of the national Jewish community said.

“Synagogue staff, security volunteers and greeters should be on the lookout for suspicious persons and/or activity around their facilities, particularly during services and other gatherings,” the Secure Community Network, an arm of the Jewish Federations of North America and the Conference of Presidents of Major...

Chief Rabbi Lau urges better treatment for chickens in kapparot ritual

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s Ashkenazi chief rabbi, David Lau, called for better treatment of the chickens used in the pre-Yom Kippur kapparot ritual.

Lau in a letter addressed to ritual organizers and participants wrote that causing the chickens to suffer before and during kapparot would be a “mitzvah through a transgression,” which he said “was not the intention of the sages.”

“I would like to remind you of the holy...

Pope Francis conveys Rosh Hashanah greetings

(JTA) — Pope Francis in a meeting with Jewish leaders sent Rosh Hashanah greetings to Jews worldwide and expressed “concern” at the ban on kosher slaughter in Poland.

At an audience Monday at the Vatican with World Jewish Congress heads, the pope said he was directing a cardinal to investigate the situation in Poland, where a ban has been in effect on ritual slaughter since January.

Francis met with a...

Victims become pardoners on the High Holidays


Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur – as every Jewish child learns in pre-kindergarten – are about forgiveness. Jews of all theological stripes – even those whimsical souls who spread mayo instead of mustard on their pastrami, eat sweet rolls on Passover, and think the Pentateuch is an Olympic event – regard these holy days with extreme gravity.

Actually, the High Holidays, as...

Cantor Mames arrives at Northshore Jewish Congregation

The Northshore Jewish Congregation (NJC) welcomes Cantor David Mames tonight to its regular Shabbat worship services. Mames has been hired to assist Rabbi John Nimon with High Holiday worship services this year.

Mames, who is an educator, a producer and director of educational videos and a member of the American Congress of Cantors, is expected to help lead High Holiday worship services at NJC that begin Wednesday night, September 4...

Peres’ Rosh Hashanah message: Keep hope alive

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli President Shimon Peres in his annual Rosh Hashanah message told world Jewry there is “no room to lose hope” in the coming year.

Rosh Hashanah, he pointed out in the message released Thursday, “carries with it great opportunities and great hope,” and Yom Kippur is “the time to forgive all the mistakes we have committed, knowingly or unknowingly, and we all commit mistakes.”

Peres continued: “We...

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 might try to attack Jewish and Israeli targets during the holidays and also on Sept. 11, the anniversary of the...

5773 Year in Review: Fighting over Jewish pluralism


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 government included no haredi Orthodox parties.

The Israel Defense Forces took concrete steps toward ending the draft exemption for haredi ...