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Pressing the reset button with our relationship with God
The holiday of Rosh Hashanah contains a paradox. On the one hand, we are taught that Rosh Hashanah is the judgment day of mankind. The righteous are granted another year of life, the wicked are slated for destruction, and the average are given until Yom Kippur to mend their ways and merit another year (Talmud Rosh Hashanah 16b).
We should be begging God for another year of life in the hope we can influence our judgment for the better. God’s court is convened. Our books are open. This is our big chance to pray for life.
Yet if we look at the Rosh Hashanah liturgy, such prayers are almost entirely absent. We spend the day proclaiming God as King and yearning for the day when all
A few tips to keep in mind from a Judaica store owner
Beginning with the Hebrew month of Elul, the sound of the shofar can be heard every morning coming from synagogues and homes in Jewish neighborhoods around the world. On the High Holidays themselves, the shofar will be blown by experts trained not only in producing a moving sound, but in the complex halachot (Jewish laws) of the shofar. During the month of Elul, it is customary to blow the shofar every morning, and many also practice in
A handy checklist of everything you need to know for the New Year
A key component of Rosh Hashanah preparation is to ask for forgiveness from anyone we may have wronged during the previous year. To the greatest extent possible, we want to begin the year with a clean slate – and without anyone harboring a grudge against us. Similarly, we should be quick to forgive those who have wronged us.
Many people have the custom of going to the mikveh before Rosh Hashanah after midday. A mikveh, which has the power
Some surprising spiritual insights from the Rosh Hashanah challah
All year long our challah is braided, but it is round for Rosh Hashana. What does the challah’s shape teach us about this special time of year?
Rosh Hashana is a holiday filled with physical doorways into the spiritual world. The blasts of the shofar are the prime example of this (see: Symbolism of the Shofar). But there are many others as well. All year round, we dip our challah in salt before distributing it; during the
The Hineni Organization founded by Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis, a’h, has announced that the ‘shloshim’ (culmination of the 30-day mourning period) commemorating the life and majestic legacy of the Rebbetzin will be held, IY’H, on Wednesday evening, September 21st at 8:00 pm at Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue Synagogue . The synagogue is located at 5 East 62nd Street on the Upper East Side.
In a statement released to the media, Hineni directors issued an open invitation for all Jews to attend the