Rosh Hashanah

Sailing Up The River Of Time: Transitioning To The New Year

During the High Holiday Season (October 2-12,) we picture God as weighing the merits and misdeeds of individuals and nations on a Celestial Scale. For more than two thousand years, we have implored our Creator for mercy, even if the scale tips towards the “guilty” verdict. 

Since my 1976 visit to the banks of the Mississippi, another image appears during this season: a boat sailing upstream through river locks.

Rabbi Michael Levy

Rosh Hashanah Resolution: Save The Jewish American-Israeli Bond

09/27/2016 - 17:52

The Unetanneh Tokef prayer we recite on Rosh Hashanah is the most moving part of the High Holiday liturgy. It includes the following sentence that describes a vision of divine judgment to take place on the first day of the Jewish New Year: “All humankind will pass before you like a flock of sheep.” In other words, God’s judgment on Rosh Hashanah extends not only to Jews and the Jewish people, but to the entire world. The day has universal significance. The upcoming High Holidays are an opportunity to expand our perception beyond our selves and communities.

Dr. Shuki Friedman

A Blast For The Holidays, Our Rosh HaShanah Gift Guide

From artisanal halvah to African rams’ horns to stylish Judaica, our annual Rosh HaShanah gift guide.

09/21/2016 - 12:26
Culture Editor

“Halvah sweet new year,” Rachel Simons, a founder of Seed + Mill, punningly tells a visitor to her Chelsea Market shop, sharing samples of artisanal halvah. She and partners Lisa Mendelson and Monica Molenaar opened Seed + Mill in January 2016, specializing in sesame products like halvah and tahini and aiming “to breathe modern life into an ancient seed.” They offer 28 varieties of halvah including cardamom, ginger, lemongrass, marble, sea salt dark chocolate, sugar-free coffee and chai; some of the flavors are dairy, and all of them are kosher. Their sesame seeds are top quality, sourced in Humera, Ethiopia and roasted and milled in Israel, where the halvah and tahini is ARE made (they also mill fresh tahini in their shop).

Seed + Mill in Chelsea Market. “Breathing modern life into an ancient seed.” Courtesy of Seed + Mill

Violence Has Spiked In Jerusalem — Here’s Why

09/21/2015 - 20:00
JTA

Tel Aviv — For Israelis, the Ten Days of Repentance from Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur have turned into days of violence. Unrest has swelled in Jerusalem following an Israeli ban on a protest group at the Temple Mount, the holy site known to Muslims as the Haram al-Sharif. The clashes have left one Israeli dead and dozens of Israelis and Palestinians injured.

Palestinians throwing rocks at Israeli police during clashes in eastern Jerusalem, Sept. 18, 2015. JTA

Rosh Hashanah Reflections: Planning For The Future

09/10/2015 - 20:00
Opinion

Miryam Rabner 

Rosh Hashanah is a time of celebration with family and friends. Our rich tradition and liturgy prompt us as individuals and as a community to pause and reflect about who we are and what our lives represent.

iPad Apps To Help Prepare For The High Holidays

Happy New Year! Many children and adults with disabilities use iPad technology for learning, play and communication. The iPad is also a wonderful tool to help people of all abilities prepare for and participate in the High Holidays. For example, an iPad can be used in the following ways:

1. Drawing and photo apps can be used to create personalized new year cards to share or print.

2. Interactive greetings can created on an app like TinyTap and shared with those who have the app, or screenshots can be printed and sent.

Unbinding The Mystery Of The Akedah

09/09/2015 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Contemporary Jews are challenged by it and rabbis stand on their head to justify it. I refer to the Akedah, Rosh HaShanah’s second-day Torah reading chronicling Abraham’s sacrificial binding of his son Isaac on Mount Moriah, and God’s last minute intervention to substitute a ram instead [Genesis 22].

Rabbi Gerald L. Zelizer

Unlocking Hearts, Minds And Rosh HaShanah Itself

09/09/2015 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Will there be a synagogue in America this Rosh HaShanah not abuzz with conversation about the upcoming vote on the Iran nuclear deal? And from how many pulpits will those attending such synagogues not hear at least one sermon about the very same topic? Based on reports from literally hundreds of rabbis across the nation, the answer is very few. 

Brad Hirschfield

A Prayer for the New Year

09/09/2015 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

The most ubiquitous and traditional Rosh Hashanah greeting is known to almost all Jews: L’Shanah Tovah Tikateivu V’Teichateimu; may you been inscribed and sealed (in the Book of Life) for a good year. In its few words, it alludes to the central metaphor of the High Holidays. The verdict of our divine judgment is to be recorded upon its completion, and our most fervent prayer is that it be recorded in the Book of Life, and not, God forbid, that other book…

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik
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