September 22, 2018

Rosh Hashanah

Here are all the places you can celebrate the New Year during the High Holy Days.
It took three phone calls via WhatsApp to connect with Rabbi Mendel Zarchi in San Juan. A week after Hurricane Maria had torn through the region.
Hebrew Discovery Center is one of the remaining synagogues to observe kapparot, the ritual killing of chickens performed during the Days of Awe.
In their Rosh Hashanah sermons, rabbis from across the spectrum called for their communities to act out Jewish values to combat hate and bigotry.
America is turning from a place with an undercurrent of antisemitism, to a place in which antisemitism is condoned by the state.
My name is Steve and I’m procrastinator. For years the staff has known that when my assistant says, “Steve is home working on his High Holy Day sermons.”
This summer, Michelle and I donned our wetsuits, pulled up our oversized boots, and climbed aboard our raft for a guided ride down Alaska’s Chulitna River.
What would that look like, if you were to paint it, the Spirit hovering over the waters? Van Gogh’s somersaulting spirals, a sky-born Chagall figure.
Rosh Hashanah, which means “head of the year,” is the Jewish New Year. According to tradition, it is the day God created Adam and Eve.
Rosh Hashanah is a time when we are reminded that our actions are observed, that God watches. Everyone gives account, every deed is known. 
In traditional circles, Rosh Hashanah meals are laden with delicious foods that carry symbolic meanings, designed to bode well for the upcoming year.
Look closer. See those little bumps on its surface? It’s a cow tongue, the culinary centerpiece of the Persian Rosh Hashanah meal.
Last year, in a fit of desperation and loneliness, I booked tickets for a five-day trip to Israel for Rosh Hashanah. I didn't tell my friends I was coming.
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