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Tashlich
Tashlich

The Rosh Hashana tashlich ceremony is a tradition that is dear throughout the many diverse Jewish communities. Tashlich literally translates as…

Annulment of Vows
Annulment of Vows

We make promises. We swear that we are going to do something, and then hope that we will be in a position to fulfill the vow. But, did you know…

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…

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…

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…

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