Rosh HaShanah

NEW: Jet Fans' Dilemma: Pigskin or Shul

04/15/2009
Staff Writer
The New York Jets home season will start off poorly this year for some Jewish fans. And at least one of them insists that the Jets knew about a scheduling conflict with the Jewish calendar and did not take action until now.

Seders Of Liberation

04/01/2009
Staff Writer
Passover is a time of stories. In the Haggadah we tell the story of the Jewish people, and at the seder table the people often tell their own stories. More than any other time in the Jewish cycle of holidays, Passover spurs stories — of preparing for yom tov, of memories at the seder, of lessons learned at school.

Suffering On Jewish Main Street

10/08/2008
Staff Writer
Inside a Kew Gardens Hills spa that pampers its customers with manicures and facials, only a few women are having their nails done this morning. “Customers are not coming as often,” says the owner, a middle-aged woman with a Russian accent, declining to give her name. A year ago, she says, “there was always a waiting line.”

Wired To The High Holy Days

09/24/2008
Staff Writer
Houston — Just released from the hospital and too weak to attend High Holy Days services at her synagogue four years ago, Pearl Altman listened on the telephone. The congregation of Mrs. Altman, a retired teacher and investment banker, had made that arrangement for homebound members like her. But the audio-only broadcast could not duplicate the in-shul experience, she says. Too much dead time, extended minutes of silence or of prayerbook pages rustling. There must be a better way, said Mrs. Altman and her husband Sig. This year they are providing the way.

Pitching Away Their Sins

09/13/2002
Staff Writer
It was a cast of thousands: of breadcrumbs. On Monday, the day after Rosh HaShanah, a few hundred Jews came from Lower Manhattan to perform the ancient ritual of tashlich. The name means "thou shalt cast," referring to the small pieces of bread or objects that are shaken from one's pockets and thrown onto a body of water, symbolizing the discarding of one's sins. This year the location was symbolic too: the Hudson River behind the Museum of Jewish Heritage-A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, the site nearest to the destroyed World Trade Center.

A Day For Lamentations

09/06/2002
Staff Writer
Two days after Rosh HaShanah this year comes another Yom HaZikaron. The first anniversary of the attack on America occurs during the Jewish Days of Repentance (the Jewish New Year is traditionally referred to by its Hebrew name, the day of memorial) and the Jewish community will join all Americans in honoring the memory of the 3,000 victims of Sept. 11, 2001.

Suspicious Fire Strikes New Shul

10/24/2003
Staff Writer
On the day before Rosh HaShanah last month, the newest synagogue in Far Rockaway was dedicated. Two members of the building committee of Agudath Israel of Bayswater affixed a mezuzah in a bronze case to the front door, Rabbi Menachem Feifer said some words of Torah, and nearly 200 members of the Jewish community sang and danced in joy. The event culminated a three-year fund-raising campaign for the synagogue, whose members had been meeting for a decade in members' homes and rented space in the Queens neighborhood. This week they have to start over.

Saturday, The Rabbis Marched

10/10/2003
Staff Writer
Shabbat Shuvah, the Saturday between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur, traditionally presents rabbis the opportunity to sermonize before a packed congregation about problems in the Jewish community. This year Shabbat Shuvah presented some rabbis with a problem. Should they encourage members of the Jewish community to attend a rally promoting economic and civil rights for immigrants in the United States, but which took place on Shabbat?

Sounds Of Repentance

09/26/2003
Staff Writer
Note: The Ten Days of Repentance begin in the weeks and months beforehand, as members of the Jewish community prepare themselves spiritually for the period of introspection, and communal leaders focus on their individual responsibilities. In this week's issue and next week we focus, through the eyes of five individuals, on some of the most prominent features of the High Holy Days: shofar blowing, the tashlich ceremony, the sermon, prayer and repentance. No one had pressed the emergency buzzer, but a nurse came rushing into the hospital room. She had a worried look on her face.

Days Of Guffaw

09/26/2003
Staff Writer
"But don't let me catch you laughing." It's not the traditional punch line for a classic Jewish joke, but a comedy club that hosts High Holy Days services is not your traditional comedy club.
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