Rosh Hashannah

A Happy Year Beyond Headlines

09/16/2014 - 20:00

In the words of an old country song, “Everybody wants to go Heaven, but nobody wants to go now.” For all of our well-validated concerns of a dangerous world, nobody wants to go to Heaven just yet. The world seems “unformed and void, darkness over the deep,” but the verse in Genesis continues, “the spirit of God hovers over the waters.” There is light, not at the end of the tunnel, but just one verse away.

Obama Wishes Hundreds Of Rabbis Shana Tovah

09/03/2013 - 20:00

 President Obama reflected on the High Holidays and offered New Year’s greetings in a conference call with nearly 1,000 rabbis.

Some More High Holy Days Innovations

New spiritual practices for Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur include drama, group misheberachs and nature hikes.
08/27/2013 - 20:00
Staff Writer

The spiritual innovations that congregations and other Jewish organizations around the country have made part of their religious services on Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur include the following:

Lay people often give divrei Torah at Kolot Cheyenu in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Photo via Wikipedia Commons

Wines For An Early New Year

Top picks to serve during a summery Rosh HaShanah.
08/26/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

For the first time in decades, Rosh HaShanah falls during the very early days of September, and in New York, that usually means we’re in for a hot and humid holiday. When it comes to choosing wines to serve on that first night of the New Year, the wine lover will likely find himself in a quandary: On the one hand, traditional dishes such as brisket and tongue call for full-bodied red wines; on the other hand, a glass or two of a really big wine can make the summer heat seem even more oppressive. The trick is to find wines with enough body to stand up to traditional fare, but not so much body as to make the weather seem overbearing.

Teal Lake Reserve Shiraz offers a full-bodied red wine at a moderate price.

How Jewish GIs Observed Rosh Hashanah In World War II

08/24/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

By the end of World War II, some 550,000 American Jewish men and women had served in the military forces from the South Pacific to the European theater.

Making The Holidays Sweeter

Rosh Hashanah is a time for family to come together and eat. We spoke with Doris Schechter author and owner of My Most Favorite Food about innovative kosher food.

Repentance, Atonement And Independence

09/10/2012 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 6:48 p.m.
Torah: Deut. 29:9-30:20
Haftarah: Isaiah 61:10-63:9
Havdalah: 7:45 p.m.

Rabbi David Kalb

The Purpose Of Creation

10/05/2011 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

I found myself consumed in the liturgy by the phrase “HaYom harat olam” (today the world is created) and with questions about the purpose of creation and of my personal existence. As we reflect on the direction of our lives between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, we might ask ourselves why humans, generally as well as individually, were created.

Rabbi Smuly Yanklowitz

Days Of Awe, Minus The Price Tag

As the recession drags on, more people seeking free holiday services — and more institutions are offering them.
08/30/2010 - 20:00
Editorial Intern

When Rabbi Mathew Hoffman of the Jewish Flame, an outreach organization, put an advertisement in the Pennysaver magazine for his free High Holy Day services, he got an unexpected response.

“A Jewish woman called up, and said she didn’t have food to eat,” said Rabbi Hoffman, who will be leading the group’s Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur services beginning next week in New Rochelle. “My wife cleaned out her freezer and got donations from a neighbor and ran right over with a care package.”

Telling Our Story

07/19/2010 - 20:00

In “The Arabian Nights,” Scheherazade keeps herself alive by weaving a narrative spell: her story is so thrilling that the Sultan keeps her around to hear the next night’s continuation.

Staying alive through stories: this is part of the secret of the Jewish people. We tell our tales, day by day, night after night. On Tisha b’Av we recount the story of destruction and loss. On Passover, of liberation and triumph. On Rosh HaShanah, of creation, on Shabbat of rest. Scholars, sages, fiddlers, fools — each magic link in the chain pulls us to the next.

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