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Remembering the Akeida
Remembering the Akeida

In neither of the two Torah references to the holiday of Rosh Hashana, is there a specific mention of…

A Day Without Sleep
A Day Without Sleep

While Rosh Hashana is frequently translated as “new year,” the literal meaning of the Hebrew words is…

Symbolic Foods
Symbolic Foods

Since Rosh Hashana is the Day of Judgment, it is customary to eat simanim,* foods with symbolic meanings that invoke God’s blessing. While apple with honey is a universal custom, other…

Shofar Shorts
Shofar Shorts

The shofar is one of the most recognizable symbols of Rosh Hashana. Although it is preferable that…

Rosh Hashana’s Significance
Rosh Hashana’s Significance

In a less than a week, Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, will be…

Holiday Greetings
Holiday Greetings

The standard pre-Rosh Hashana greeting of…

The Light of the First Day
The Light of the First Day

When most people think of natural light, they think of the sun. Strangely enough…

Selichot
Selichot

In addition to the unique prayer services of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, the High Holidays are known for…

The Three Ts
The Three Ts

On Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur we declare…

Five Names of Rosh Hashana
Five Names of Rosh Hashana

In Jewish tradition, Rosh Hashana has several names that can help us understand the importance and power…

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