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Rosh Hashanah 2011

New Year's Resolutions From A Recovering Politician

Jonathan_Miller | Posted 12.04.2011 | Religion
Jonathan_Miller

These 10 days are always very special to me and remind me why I so appreciate my religion. Most significantly, it is a time to chart a more righteous path for the coming year.

They Are Young, Jewish, Proud: Are We Ready To Let Them In?

Rabbi Brant Rosen | Posted 11.29.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Brant Rosen

We love to tell young people how we think they should express their Jewishness, but rarely do we stop long enough to really, truly learn what drives and inspires them.

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Pay To Pray: Synagogues Help Struggling Families With Free Tickets To Services

HuffingtonPost.com | Danielle Cadet | Posted 11.29.2011 | Impact

As families strapped for cash evaluate their budgets this Jewish holiday season, synagogues are rethinking how they collect funds and maintain their m...

Rosh Hashanah: A Day Of Rest, Not The New Year

Roger Isaacs | Posted 11.28.2011 | Religion
Roger Isaacs

The day now called Rosh Hashanah has come to lead to the holiday of Yom Kippur, which is observed as a time of self-examination and repentance. But that wasn't its original purpose.

Inside Out, Outside In: Weaving Together The Jewish High Holidays

Rabbi Avraham Arieh Trugman | Posted 11.28.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Avraham Arieh Trugman

Of all the rituals and customs of the High Holidays, blowing the shofar stands out as the most potent of all symbols. It is reminiscent of the formation of man: "and God blew into his nostrils the soul of life" (Genesis 2:7).

Rosh Hashanah 2011: Blowing The Shofar Around The World (PHOTOS)

Posted 11.28.2011 | Religion

A shofar is a horn, traditionally that of a ram, used for Jewish religious purposes. During Elul, the month of preparation before the Jewish High Holi...

The Binding Of Isaac And A Message Of Optimism

Rabbi Edward Bernstein | Posted 11.28.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Edward Bernstein

Awe of creation and the Creator permeates one of the central biblical texts of Rosh Hashanah: the binding of Isaac. In a Jewish-environmental context, one rabbinic interpretation might be called an "eco-conscious" reading.

A Prayer For Sounding The Shofar

Rabbi David Wolpe | Posted 11.27.2011 | Religion
Rabbi David Wolpe

Dear God, help us learn the sounds of the shofar. The sound of our history. The sound of our sorrows. Let it draw us closer to You with each blast, with each unspoken prayer.

Making It A Sweet Rosh Hashanah With Honey. But Is It Kosher?

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 11.26.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Jason Miller

The mere fact that bee honey is kosher is itself odd. After all, it is a product of the non-kosher bee. How can a product of a non-kosher animal be kosher?

Rosh Hashanah 2011: The Jewish New Year Explained

Posted 11.23.2011 | Religion

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is celebrated in 2011 from sundown on Sept. 28 to nightfall on Sept. 30. The Hebrew date for Rosh Hashanah is 1 Ti...

WATCH: The International Shofar FlashMob

Posted 11.20.2011 | Religion

With one simple command -- Tekiah! -- came the shofar heard 'round the world. On Sunday (Sept. 18), horn-blowing participants in 17 cities pulled ...

Blessed Be The Creator Of Light

Rabbi David Wolpe | Posted 10.30.2011 | Religion
Rabbi David Wolpe

Light does not erase difficulty or doubt or even death. But it allows us to seek blessing: Blessed be God, who grants us memory, and gives us light.

The Sacred Table: Biblical Wisdom vs. Disposable Products

Rabbi Mary Zamore | Posted 10.08.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Mary Zamore

Last Rosh Hashanah, I challenged myself to minimize the use of plastic ware and other food related disposables. Did I become no-impact woman? No. However, I made a huge paradigm shift.