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How Is Rosh Hashanah Celebrated?

Rosh Hashanah is a Jewish holiday marking the first and second days of the Jewish year. (In 2021, Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown on Monday, September 6, and continues...

New Moon, New Year, New World

A meditation on the meaning of Rosh Hashanah By Eli Rubin Sound the shofar on the New Moon, in concealment for the day of our festival.1 This is a verse...

Why Do We Dip the Apple Into Honey on Rosh Hashanah?

By Yehuda Shurpin(Chabad.org) One of the classic symbols of Rosh Hashanah is the apple dipped in honey. On the night of Rosh Hashanah, after we have made kiddush, washed,...

Preparing For a Second Covid Rosh Hashanah Around the World

By Tzemach Feller(Chabad.org) As the 2021 High Holidays approach and the delta variant of the coronavirus creates a new time of uncertainty, one sure constant will be the...

10 Rosh Hashanah Customs From Around the World

By Menachem Posner You are probably familiar with the widespread (Ashkenazi) Rosh Hashanah customs of eating round raisin challah and apples dipped in honey, pomegranate, the head of a fish, sweet...

What Is Tisha B’Av?

(Chabad.org) Tisha B’Av, the 9th day of the month of Av (July 17-18, 2021), is the saddest day on the Jewish calendar, on which we fast, deprive...

On Tisha B’Av, mourning incomparable loss, working on increased unity

DEBORAH FINEBLUM(JNS) Why is Tisha B’Av the saddest day of the Jewish year? Eerily, not only were both of the holy temples in Jerusalem destroyed on...

Making meaning: Tisha B’Av and connecting to Zionism

(JNS) Sometimes, prayer can seem like a daunting task. For some of us, we feel like without a rabbi to tell us what page...

What to know about Shavuot to unleash the power of the holiday

By DEBORAH FINEBLUM(JNS) You could say that Shavuot is the most important holiday most Jews know virtually nothing about. And you wouldn’t be completely wrong. Nonetheless, the holiday—beginning...

Who Was Shimon Bar Yochai?

By: Barry Shaw An Israeli national disaster occurred at the Lag B’Omer festival on Mount Meron in northern Israel on 28 April when 45 people...

73 fun facts about Israel

To celebrate Israel’s 73rd birthday on April 15, we’ve brought together a list of 73 weird, wacky and remarkable things about this tiny country...

Congresswoman Maloney Statement on Yom HaShoa

On Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), author of the Never Again Education Act, released the following statement. “Today, on Yom HaShoah,...

11 Images that Tell of Jewish Empowerment in the Holocaust

By Mordechai Lightstone(Chabad.org)  Often in our reflections on the Holocaust, the imagery we focus on is the dread, and human suffering, gas chambers, mass graves and...

Holocaust Remembrance Day back-to-back with Independence Day in Israel

By: Ron Jager The days following Pesach are always an emotionally charged period in Israel. From celebrating the redemption of the Jewish nation during Pesach,...

Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Day – April 7th & 8th

Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes Remembrance Day will be observed this year starting Wednesday evening, 7 April 2021 through Thursday, 8 April 2021. The official...

The Pharaoh Syndrome

By Tzvi Freeman(Chabbad.org) People knock pop psychologists and their euphemisms, but I often wonder if we wouldn't be better off borrowing some of their political correctness...

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