Shanah Tovah: Happy New Year, Israel!

Rosh HaShanah ("Head of the Year") commences at sundown this evening on the Jewish calendar. Not only is it the civil Jewish new year, but also the beginning of 10 days of awe, leading up to Yom Kippur. Observant Jews will enjoy a celebratory new year, then spend the days of awe in prayer and …

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Israel to Lockdown for 3 Weeks During High Holy Days

Following very heated debate, the Israeli government will implement a nationwide lockdown beginning the eve of Rosh HaShanah, the civil New Year, which begins Friday. The lockdown will commence at 2:00 pm on that day, to be lifted on October 9. The debate was multi-pronged. Just as in America, factions of government cannot come to …

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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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