Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, is the first of the High Holy Days or Yamim Noraim (Days of Awe).  It weds seriousness with celebration and begins the 10 days of repentance that culminate in Yom Kippur.  The new year focuses our attention on themes of judgment, repentance, memory and the divine presence in the world. At the same time, Rosh Hashanah invites us to celebrate birth and creation on many levels. The liturgy suggests that Rosh Hashanah commemorates the creation of the world. Family-oriented services often include a birthday cake for the world—a big hit for kids of all ages! We dip apples in honey to emphasize the sweetness of starting the cycle of seasons once again, and eat round challot to remind us of the cycles of life.

Tashlikh Tidbits

By Rabbi Richard Israel
A humorous list of different types of bread to use for different sins for tashlikh   more

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For the Shofar Blower

By Janet Zimmern
Excerpts from a poem which addresses the feminine aspects of God and the merits of biblical women   more

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Culinary Prayers — "Yehi Ratzon"

By Ruth Abusch-Magder
A women's tradition, followed largely in the Sephardic community, that provides a tasty counterpoint to the traditional male liturgy of the High Holidays. It also provides an opportunity for celebrating Jewish women's relationship to food as a historic source of creativity and spirituality.   more

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Soul Candles

By Jane Enkin
A traditional pre-High Holiday ritual of making candles for one's beloveds   more