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The Year Is Set
The Year Is Set

Rosh Hashana, the head of the year, is the day on which God determines the fate and fortune of both individuals and communities for the year to come. It is assumed that on this day God determines exactly how much money one will earn in the coming year….

Selichot
Selichot

In addition to the unique prayer services of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, the High Holidays are known for one other service: selichot.

Festive Poems
Festive Poems

Take a survey of the most common adjective used to describe the Jewish High Holidays and the word might just be “long.”

One Book At A Time
One Book At A Time

Those who choose to go (or go back) to college at a more mature age will testify that it is not a simple decision. Beyond the financial and logistical considerations, many find the idea of starting over to be intimidating. Most people, by nature, are a…

Forgiveness: An Elul Treat
Forgiveness: An Elul Treat

Many feel that the three hardest words to say are: “I am sorry.” Yet, we all know how very important those words are. Indeed, saying one is sorry, or at least admitting one’s guilt, is a critical part of the process of teshuvah, repenta…

Rebuilding A World
Rebuilding A World

There are many dramatic stories of the great struggles involved in rebuilding the Jewish people after the Holocaust. Any collection of such stories would be remiss if it did not mention the contributions of Rabbi Yosef Shlomo Kahaneman, better known as…

The Three Ts
The Three Ts

On Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur we declare: “Repentance, prayer and charity remove the evil of the decree!” In Hebrew, these constitute the 3 Ts:Teshuva, Tefila and Tzedaka.Teshuva (repentance), a central theme of the High Holidays, means…

Forever Fashions
Forever Fashions

When the Children of Israel left Egypt, they did not expect to be in the wilderness for 40 years. (Indeed, 38 years were added to their journey because the generation that left Egypt proved themselves unworthy of entering the Holy Land.)

Holiday Greetings
Holiday Greetings

The standard pre-Rosh Hashana greeting of “K’tiva v’chatima tova”(“May you be written and sealed for good”) is deduced from a Talmudic discussion concerning the three heavenly books that are opened during the High Holidays.Rabbi Jochanan…

Roman Vishniac: Beyond the Photographs
Roman Vishniac: Beyond the Photographs

The poignant photographs of the  shtetl by Roman Vishniac (published in his 1986 book, A Vanished World) very much shaped the cultural memories of the post-war generation. These images all resulted from the work Vishniac d…

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