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Understanding the Jewish High Holy Days

Understanding the Jewish High Holy Days

Samuel L. Boyd , Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Jewish Studies, University of Colorado Boulder September 1, 2021

Over the next few weeks, members of the Jewish faith will observe the High Holy Days in the month of Tishrei in the Jewish calendar, usually in September and October. These holidays commemorate concepts such as renewal, forgiveness, freedom and joy. As...

Tispishti (Walnut-Cake). Photo by Margi Lenga Kahn

A Sephardic Rosh Hashanah from Turkey

Margi Lenga Kahn, Special For The Jewish Light September 1, 2021

Leyla and Erman Kaspi are Jews from Turkey who I recently met outside the elevator of our Chicago apartment complex. After the usual introductions, I asked Leyla whether she still cooks the dishes with which she grew up. “Of course,” she exclaimed. That...

Boy blowing a shofar for Rosh Hashana

Rosh Hashanah Quiz

September 1, 2021

Rosh Hashanah is a time when Jews reflect on their actions and try to make amends with each other and God, and it is also the Jewish New Year. How much do you know about Rosh Hashanah? /**/

Cookies so delicious youll want to hide some away for later

Cookies so delicious you’ll want to hide some away for later

Miriam Kresh, jewishunpacked.com August 22, 2021

These cookies couldn’t be simpler to make, and they are extremely, meltingly, delicious. I doubled the recipe because the original doesn’t make enough to keep the family happy. I used margarine to keep the cookies non-dairy, but if butter is no issue...

ABOVE: Joan Silber (right) hosted her son David, his wife, Sharonne, and seven of their eight children at her home in Frontenac for the High Holidays. The family left Israel before the start of its second lockdown and is now celebrating Sukkot at Silber’s home. PHOTO: ERIC BERGER

As Israel prepared for a lockdown due to the coronavirus, a St. Louis native returned to the U.S.

By Eric Berger, Associate Editor October 8, 2020

Joan and Sherman Silber had some unexpected houseguests from Israel for the High Holidays this year. As the number of coronavirus cases in Israel spiked last month to the point where the country now has the highest rate of daily new coronavirus infections...

High Holidays Offer Time for Reflection

High Holidays Offer Time for Reflection

Jewish Light Editorial September 26, 2019

The Days of Awe – Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the holiest days on the Jewish calendar – are upon us again. The start of the Jewish New Year comes this Sunday night, Sept. 29. The Day of Atonement, Oct. 9, marks the end of the 10 days of repentance....

Sea Bass With Roasted Peppers and Herb Cream Filling. Photo courtesy The Edge Partners PR

5 gorgeous Rosh Hashanah recipes from Israel’s top chefs

By Jessica Halfin, My Jewish Learning via JTA September 26, 2019

Rosh Hashanah menus, while traditional and delicious, can also get a little stale year after year. With Israeli food trending across the globe, now is a perfect time to add some authentic Israeli flavors to your holiday.We have gathered five exclusive...

Chabad of Chesterfield transformed a pavilion in Chesterfield’s Central Park into a Shofar Factory on Sunday, helping participants craft their own horn instrument and learn the traditional sequence of notes sounded on Rosh Hashanah. This year, Rosh Hashanah begins the evening of Sunday, Sept. 29 and ends the evening of Tuesday, Oct. 1. Photo: Bill Motchan

Shofar Factory

September 26, 2019

Chabad of Chesterfield transformed a pavilion in Chesterfield’s Central Park into a Shofar Factory on Sunday, helping participants craft their own horn instrument and learn the traditional sequence of notes sounded on Rosh Hashanah. This year, Rosh...

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Here are 6 new children’s books for the Jewish New Year

Penny Schwartz, JTA September 13, 2019

A Rosh Hashanah apple cake bake-off fit for reality television and another installment in the Scarlet and Sam series from the award-winning author Eric A. Kimmel are among the highlights in the crop of new High Holiday books for children.Six engaging...

The pages of the Machzor Roma on display at the National Library of Israel. Photo  Wikimedia Commons

A guide to the High Holidays prayers

By Rabbi Iscah Waldman, My Jewish Learning via JTA September 7, 2018

The High Holidays prayer book, or machzor, emphasizes the themes of the Days of Awe — introspection and repentance.Rosh Hashanah as the opening day of a court trial“The great shofar is sounded. A still small voice is heard. This day, even the angels...

A trip to the orchard for apple picking is a family favorite for celebrating the Jewish New Year.   

Five things for families to do at the New Year

By Amy Deutsch, Kveller via JTA September 6, 2018

As the fall nears each year, the air gets cooler, the kids go back to school and Rosh Hashanah rolls around (starting this year on Sunday, Sept. 9). The holiday itself celebrates the Jewish New Year, but also deals with more serious topics like renewal,...

Hazzan Sharon Nathanson

Torah portion offers a way back from adversity

By Cantor Sharon Nathanson September 5, 2018

“ . . . . and God will gather you in from all the peoples to which Hashem, your God, has scattered you. If your outcasts are at the ends of the Earth, your God will gather you in . . .”  — Deut. 30:3-4 Even if we are at the ends of the Earth....

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