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Displaying Rosh Hashanah care packages are (from left) Deputy Mayor of Kfar Saba Oren Cohen; Jewish Agency chairman of the executive and chairman of the executive of the World Zionist Organization Yaakov Hagoel; and, senior vice president of Amigour Erez Shani, September 2021. Credit: Amigour.

Thousands of elderly Israelis to receive care packages for Rosh Hashanah

As vulnerable populations continue to take precautions due to the Delta variant of the coronavirus, the Jewish Agency for Israel’s affordable-housing subsidiary, Amigour, will provide comprehensive food packages to the elderly, with a focus...

Israeli president sends Rosh Hashanah greetings to Diaspora Jewry

Israeli President Isaac Herzog on Thursday released a special Rosh Hashanah video message to Jews all over the world, wishing them a year of health and unity. “Dear friends, as we approach the new ...
Pomegranates in Kfar Achim on Sept. 8, 2019. Photo by Mila Aviv/Flash90.

10 great reasons to love the pomegranate

Coaxing the edible seeds out of a pomegranate is a popular how-to topic. Some swear by the whack-with-a-wooden-spoon method; others massage out those ruby-red arils in a bowl of water to keep things neat. Any...
Congregation Agudas Achim in Austin, Texas. Credit: Texas Jewish Historical Society.

Man plans, and God laughs: What the Delta variant means for High Holiday services

With the High Holidays approaching and the Delta variant surging, many synagogues nationwide are preparing to welcome congregants for in-person holiday services for the first time in two years and are juggling to keep...
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High Holiday Preparations in the Jungle

As a yeshiva student in the Old City of Jerusalem in my 20s, I learned that the month of Elul was a big deal, a 29-day period to buckle down on preparation for the...

Rosh Hashanah ‘Guide for the Perplexed’

The evening of Mpnday Sept. 6, 2021 will launch the 5782nd Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashanah). Annual reminder The Hebrew word rosh (ראש) means “head/beginning” and hashanah (השנה) means “the year.” The root of the Hebrew word shanah is both “repeat” and “change.”...

Artscroll Rosh Hashana/ Yom Kippur Prayer Books For Rent

Once again, Jeff Seidel’s Student Center in the Old City is renting out for those students High Holiday (Rosh Hashana/ Yom Kippur) Machzorim. The rental fee is 200 Shekels and upon return after a...

Rabbi’s new book offers spiritual boot camp for High Holidays

In the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, Rabbi Mark Wildes, founder and director of Manhattan Jewish Experience (MJE), was looking for ways to keep students and young adults engaged with Judaism and each...
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Rosh Hashanah: A time of renewal and unity

As Jews, every Rosh Hashanah, we rededicate our commitment to Judaism. We reaffirm our devotion to Jewish law, and we strive to maintain our Jewish traditions. We also focus on improving where we need to—on...
A man blowing a shofar. Credit: John Theodor/Shutterstock.

‘Double our joy’: Five fascinating facts about the Jewish leap year

Buckle your seatbelts; we’re heading in. With the arrival of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish world is being thrown headlong into the leap year of 5782. But the leap year of the Jewish variety may not be...