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Jewish New Year

The Biblical Prophecy of the "Shemitah" Jewish New Year & What it Means to America

Larry Schwimmer | Posted 10.01.2015 | Religion
Larry Schwimmer

An apocalyptic event may soon be happening in our world and affecting our lives, now and into the future.

The Days of Awe

Patty Kogutek | Posted 09.22.2015 | Religion
Patty Kogutek

These special days are designated as days of repentance and atonement, promoting serious introspection and reconciliation. It is customary to consider people who we may have hurt, injured, or mistreated in some way and seek their forgiveness bringing harmony into both lives.

And I Was All Like 'Bye Felicia'

Jamie Silverman | Posted 09.16.2015 | New York
Jamie Silverman

While dating, I began to notice certain recurring trends that biased how I viewed every guy I went out with; criteria that resulted in often unsubstantiated 'Bye Felicias.'

When Jewish and Islamic Holy Days Coincide

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 09.14.2015 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

This year includes an alignment at mid-September of the main holy days in the Jewish and Islamic calendars. At sundown on September 13, Jews observed the first of their High Holy Days, and their recognized commencement of the new year, Rosh Hashanah.

A Foodie Rosh Hashanah: Appetizers for Personal Growth

Rabbi Yonah Bookstein | Posted 09.14.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

Dipping an apple in honey is the most popular in a series of simanim, symbolic foods, associated with the Rosh Hashanah feast. The custom is even recorded as far back as the Talmud. There are many other simanim, some simple and some exotic, that vary by community.

What Global Warming Hiatus? Year 5775 Was Hot

Mark Boslough | Posted 09.14.2015 | Science
Mark Boslough

In geek-speak, the records and rankings that are endlessly discussed on opinion pages and cable TV are not robust to arbitrary decisions, but the long term trend is. Perhaps reporters and bloggers should stop making a big fuss out of meaningless statistics and focus on what really matters: the trend.

Rosh Hashanah 2015: The Jewish New Year Begins

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.14.2015 | Religion

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is celebrated in 2015 from sundown on Sept. 13 to the evening of Sept. 15. In the Hebrew calendar it falls on 1 an...

Letting Go When They Go Back to School

Temima G. Shulman | Posted 09.11.2015 | Parents
Temima G. Shulman

In the span of the last three weeks, my life has undergone a seismic change. My oldest went off to college two weeks ago and my youngest entered nursery today. Labor room to dorm room, that's how fast it all seems to have gone by. I'm trying to absorb it all.

All You Need to Know about the Jewish High Holidays

Dr. Michael Laitman | Posted 09.10.2015 | Religion
Dr. Michael Laitman

The Jewish festivals are more than food and family gatherings. They are both spiritually profound, and more relevant to our lives today than most people realize.

Nothing Gold Can Stay: Life, Death and the Jewish New Year

Linda S. Haase | Posted 09.01.2015 | Religion
Linda S. Haase

I climbed into the ambulance behind the stretcher and thought: Oh, God; today is the day I am going to become a widow. My husband had collapsed at work. His consciousness and cognition were scrambled. He didn't know where he was and could not identify the year.

Don't Worry Mamma, Tonight I'm Cleaning Out My Closet

Adina Kalish | Posted 12.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Adina Kalish

It took me about a week to figure out this was a zucchini. Whoops. I really should have noticed that back in July. But life just gets so busy, you kno...

What Jews Will Be Praying for This Rosh Hashanah

Benjamin Blech | Posted 11.24.2014 | Religion
Benjamin Blech

As the canary birds of history, Jews will pray this year not only for blessings for our people but for a world that we have all too clearly seen inevitably shares our fate.

Transforming Oneself at Rosh Hashanah Is Multidimensional

Temima G. Shulman | Posted 11.24.2014 | Religion
Temima G. Shulman

At Rosh Hashanah we are called upon to recognize our individual greatness by acknowledging our flaws, our collective spirit, by recognizing a Higher Power, and our responsibility to imitate that Higher Power by bringing redemption to humanity.

Resolutions For Rosh Hashanah, The Jewish New Year

Religion News Service | Lauren Markoe | Posted 09.24.2014 | Religion

(RNS) If you’re Jewish, it’s the time of year to do some serious soul-searching. On Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year that begins at sundown o...

Autumn Equinox: The Day of Peace and Relationships

Gahl Eden Sasson | Posted 11.23.2014 | Religion
Gahl Eden Sasson

Today is the Equinox! The Sun transits from Virgo into Libra, initiating Autumn (in the Northern hemisphere). You might not even know it, but most likely you felt it somewhere in your body, mind, and/or soul.

Rosh Hashanah 2014: The Jewish New Year Begins

Posted 09.24.2014 | Religion

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is celebrated in 2014 from sundown on September 24 to nightfall on September 26. The Hebrew date for Rosh Hashanah...

How the Jewish New Year Can Change Our World

Rabbi Abraham Unger, Ph.D. | Posted 11.23.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Abraham Unger, Ph.D.

Jewish tradition states the world is being judged right now at this New Year. However presumptuous the claim, it's not a bad thing to have oversight.

Seeking the Growth Mindset on the Jewish New Year

Rabbi Edward Bernstein | Posted 11.04.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Edward Bernstein

Change is hard, but necessary, particularly when it comes to healing and strengthening relationships. We come together as a community on the High Holy Days to support one another in the process of teshuvah, our return to a more meaningful, wholesome life.

It's About the Relationship

S.R. Hewitt | Posted 11.03.2013 | Religion
S.R. Hewitt

Few people, if any, have the spiritual awareness and relationship with God that Abraham had. However, we each have the ability to emulate Adam and begin our relationship with God simply by turning to Him and asking for that which we need.

Rosh Hashanah: A Sweet Jewish New Year

Posted 09.05.2013 | Religion

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is celebrated in 2013 from sundown on Sept. 4 to nightfall on Sept. 6. The Hebrew date for Rosh Hashanah is 1 Tish...

Who Am I? Your Real Face(book): A Rosh Hashanah Message

Rabbi Pinchas Allouche | Posted 10.26.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Pinchas Allouche

Once a year, on the holiday of Rosh Hashanah, we have the rare opportunity to pause, reflect and unearth our inner "I". Once a year, we are presented with an extraordinary occasion to pay heed to our call of duty and to that which we ought to be.

Looking For Success? Look The 'Other' Way

Rabbi Berel Lerman | Posted 11.28.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Berel Lerman

Instinctively the human being is "self oriented" and looks out for self pleasure and gain. However, a person has the choice to go beyond self and be "other oriented," when we do so we feel the sensitivities and needs of others.

Yom Kippur In Kuala Lumpur: A Jewish Girl's Guide To Repenting In A Muslim Country

April Rudin | Posted 11.25.2012 | Religion
April Rudin

Soon, I will be landing in Kuala Lumpur and settling into my hotel room to observe the holiest of Jewish days while amongst the Islamic people. I am looking forward to the adventure.

What I Prayed For My Son This Jewish New Year

Ellen Seidman | Posted 11.21.2012 | Parents
Ellen Seidman

If ever there was a place that should welcome children with disabilities, you'd think it would be a house of worship. But that hasn't been our experience.

iPhone 5, I-It And I-Thou

Rabbi Laura Baum | Posted 11.20.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Laura Baum

When technology helps us be present and connect to others, it's a wonderful tool. But we also must be mindful of when we're using technology simply for its own sake and evaluate whether it is standing in the way of deeper connections.