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Rosh Hashanah ‘Guide for the Perplexed’

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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.”...
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Rosh Hashanah: A time of renewal and unity

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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...
From left: Magen David Adom director-general Eli Bin; Cross River Bank president, CEO and founder Gilles Gade; Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion; president and CEO of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews Yael Eckstein, August 2021. Credit: Courtesy.

Project to place defibrillators in Jerusalem synagogues before Jewish New Year

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Magen David Adom has been prioritizing the task of placing defibrillators in public spaces throughout Israel this year. Already, thousands have been installed around the country, including hundreds to be added in Jerusalem synagogues...
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Lessening the labor of Labor Day Rosh Hashanah

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I know, I know; it’s summer! Must we think of all the cooking now? With the sun beating down, camp finishing up and vacations still in the works, and long evenings to sit outside...
The tomb of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov in Uman, Ukraine, which draws Jewish worshippers the world over. Credit: Nahoum Sabban via Wikipedia Commons.

Ukraine to allow Jewish worshippers into Uman for Rosh Hashanah

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Ukraine’s deputy health minister, Dr. Ihor Kuzin, said on Monday that his country would work to ease restrictions on the annual Rosh Hashanah pilgrimage to the grave of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov in the...
JDC volunteers delivered food packages to seniors prior to the start of Rosh Hashanah, Sept. 18, 2020. Credit: Courtesy.

Communities worldwide celebrate New Year amid pandemic with help of JDC

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In the face of a new, socially distant pandemic reality, thousands of Jews worldwide managed to enjoy JDC-supported holiday programming for Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. Nearly 9,000 elderly Jews in the former Soviet...

Want to change the world? Begin in the Jewish home

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Jewish tradition cites Rosh Hashanah as the day on which the world was created. The day on which the creation of the first man was completed and, in effect, humanity was created. On Rosh Hashanah,...
Nachmanides, the Rambam. Credit: Courtesy (National Library of Israel).

Recently unearthed Ramban prayer online and in English for first time

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In time for the High Holidays, a recently unearthed poetic prayer attributed to the famous 13th-century rabbi known as the Ramban (Nachmanides) has been translated into English for the first time, and is now...
People wearing face masks shop at the Mahane Yehuda Market in Jerusalem on September 18, 2020, on the eve of the Jewish new year. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

Israelis brace for High Holidays in shadow of second lockdown

On Rosh Hashanah eve, as Israelis were bracing for a second nationwide lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Health Ministry on Friday morning said it had registered 5,238 new cases in the past...
President Donald J. Trump walks with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bahrain Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Minister of Foreign Affairs for the United Arab Emirates Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, along the Colonnade of the White House on their way to sign the Abraham Accords at ceremonies on the South Lawn of the White House. Credit: Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour.

Emirati, Bahraini foreign ministers send Israel greetings for 5781

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“May it be a blessed year for realizing peace and stability in the region,” wrote Bahraini Foreign Minister Abdullatif al-Zayani in response to his Israeli counterpart, Gabi Ashkenazi, who had sent a Rosh Hashanah...