Jewish High Holy Days

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Revisit some of our many stories about Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and the ten-day period of prayer and repentance that culminates with the fast of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.

 

September 30, 2016 | Comments

“We are igniting our lives as humans,” says Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie, “using the Jewish toolbox to make what we inherited work for today.” Rabbi Lau-Lavie leads New York City’s Lab/Shul in preparations for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. More

September 19, 2014 | Comments

"T’Shuvah is repentance, return, and new response. T’Shuvah is change," explains Rabbi Mark Borovitz of Beit T’Shuvah, the House of Return, in Los Angeles and author of the memoir The Holy Thief. "T’Shuvah says that change is possible, and change is mandatory." More

September 14, 2012 | Comments

“The richness of the melodies, the music—it leaves you with an indelible imprint” during the days leading up to Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, says Rabbi Joshua Maroof. More

September 16, 2010 | Comments

"One day a year we make a journey in the company of the whole community of Israel—all of us together, each of us alone." More

September 3, 2010 | Comments

The blast of the shofar during the High Holy Days, says Rabbi Irwin Tanenbaum, "sends a shiver. We can be better than we are." More

September 25, 2009 | Comments

Rabbi Irwin Kula of the National Center for Jewish Learning and Leadership says Yom Kippur and the High Holidays are about life, not death. The paradox, he says, is that "one of the great ways to focus ourselves on life is to think about death." More

September 25, 2009 | Comments

Read new translations of three psalms that are part of the liturgy of the Jewish High Holy Days. More

September 17, 2009 | Comments

In the words of a new translation of Psalm 27, the psalm most associated with the Jewish High Holidays, "Your face, God, is what I constantly search for." More

September 11, 2009 | Comments

Rabbi Irwin Kula, president of the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, says everything having to do with Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is designed "to help us make teshuva, return to that deepest path that we know we want to be on." More

September 11, 2009 | Comments

Read more of the Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly September 8, 2009 interview about the meaning of the Jewish High Holidays with Rabbi Irwin Kula, president of the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership in New York City: This period … More

September 26, 2008 | Comments

Read more from the interview about the Jewish High Holidays with Rabbi Dan Ehrenkrantz, president of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College: Sin is central to the holiday of Yom Kippur. Yom Kippur is literally the Day of Atonement, and so to … More

September 26, 2008 | Comments

Rabbi Dan Ehrenkrantz, president of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Philadelphia, explains the Jewish High Holiday concepts of sin, repentance, and forgiveness. More

September 14, 2007 | Comments

by Ansley Roan Whether they are Orthodox, Conservative, Reconstructionist or Reform, whether they gather on a California beach or in a New York City synagogue, Jews share at least one common element at their Rosh Hashanah observances: the shofar. “It’s … More

September 7, 2007 | Comments

Around the world, there are hundreds of classes to which children come to learn how shofars are made. We joined a group in Brooklyn, New York at a class called the Shofar Factory. More

September 10, 2004 | Comments

Try Jewish cooking authority Joan Nathan's recipes for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur from JOAN NATHAN'S JEWISH HOLIDAY COOKBOOK (Schocken Books, 2004). More

September 10, 2004 | Comments

We talk about the Jewish High Holidays with a hazzan, also known as a cantor, who leads a congregation in sung prayer. More

September 26, 2003 | Comments

We talk with Rabbi Alan Lew of Congregation Beth Shalom in San Francisco, who has written about the High Holidays in his new book This is Real and You Are Completely Unprepared. More

September 13, 2002 | Comments

"Repentance, prayer, and charity are the hallmark[s] of this season," says Rabbi Gary Bretton-Granatoor, "We search our souls and then we pour out our souls to God, saying, 'God help us, give us the strength to be the kind of people that we want to be.'" More

September 21, 2001 | Comments

"Rather than to try to change God, prayer should change us, should make us better human beings. That is the ultimate purpose of prayer," says Cantor Abraham Lubin of Congregation Beth El in Bethesda, Maryland. We spoke with him as he prepared for the high holidays. More

September 29, 2000 | Comments

We spoke with Rabbis Deborah Wechsler and Robert Tobin, both of Chizuk Amuno congregation in Baltimore, Maryland, about the High Holidays and their preparation for them. More