10 Days of Awe: What do They Mean?

I drive through a Jewish neighborhood each day on the way to and from work. This week, I see many Jewish families walking to a neighborhood synagogue. That is not an unusual scene, except that it is currently happening every single day. What's going on? Jews worldwide celebrated Rosh Hashanah (Feast of Trumpets) last Sunday …

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Why is it Customary to Eat Pomegranates on Rosh Hashanah?

Pomegranates are in season in Israel...just in time for Rosh Hashanah. But what's the connection? We'll get to that, but first let's talk about the significance of Rosh Hashanah, the 5th of 7 major feasts of Israel. At sundown tomorrow in Israel, Jews will celebrate Rosh Hashanah ("head of the year"), their civil New Year. …

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Trumpets, Atonement and Tabernacles …what Does it All Mean?

If you study Jewish culture and tradition, you are likely aware that we're in the midst of the fall feasts of Israel.  There are 7 major feasts, originally prescribed in Scripture, but lived out in either secular context or rabbinic context by most Jews.  The first three (Passover, Feast of Unleavened Bread and Feast of …

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Shana Tovah…Happy New Year!

Happy New Year in September?  Yes!  In Israel and around the world, Jews are celebrating the civil new year (beginning at sundown tonight), the day Hebrew tradition says the world was created 5779 years ago!  They call it Rosh HaShanah, and you will hear greetings of "Shana Tovah" (We wish you a happy and sweet …

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