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What’s In The Book: Jonah
What’s In The Book: Jonah

The Book of Jonah is one of the best known stories in the Bible because of its powerful message of…

Spiritual Matters
Spiritual Matters

Prepare for Yom Kippur by focusing on spiritual matters.

The Fast of Gedaliah (Tzom Gedaliah)
The Fast of Gedaliah (Tzom Gedaliah)

The Fast of Gedaliah is observed to commemorate the murder of…

From Holy God To Holy King
From Holy God To Holy King

On Rosh Hashana, God judges the world (and all the people therein), but their fates are not sealed until…

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…

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