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Rosh Hashanah- a very sweet and serious holiday

Posted on September 16, 2022

Rosh Hashanah, literally is translated as “head of the year.”  This refers to the Jewish New Year where this September, the Jewish year will become 5783.  Traditionally, it is taught that the world was created on Rosh Hashanah.  Like the secular New Year, the Jewish one is celebratory.  We dip apples and challah into honey.  Continue Reading »

A High Holiday Story

Posted on September 14, 2022

“Shaaray Shamaim”- Such a visually powerful expression! Around this time of the year, we use this expression with “kavana mayuchedet”- Special intention! The intention and desire are that our prayers will reach The Almighty through these gates, our wrongdoings will be forgiven, and a new, blessed year will begin for us. How do people pass Continue Reading »

What are the Appropriate Greetings on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur?

Posted on September 14, 2022

As a young adult, unfamiliar with the Jewish religion and with Hebrew, I was very uncomfortable during my first few High Holy Day experiences.  I did not know what to say to Temple members…I was too nervous to use a Hebrew phrase for fear of incorrect pronunciation or just not sounding authentic enough.  In fact, Continue Reading »

High Holidays

Posted on September 14, 2022

The High Holidays are fast approaching; By the mere “title” we use in reference to Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur we already set the appropriate mood for these supremely important days in the Jewish calendar. Why ”High”? Not in contrast to “low”, as there are no “low” holidays! Rather, they are the peak- the spiritual Continue Reading »

9 Essential Recipes for the High Holidays and Hannukah

Posted on September 14, 2022

The High Holy Days are less than a month away and then  Hannukah will be right around the corner. Here are some essential  recipes every Jewish home cook should have on hand: -Chicken Soup: Jewish penicillin (AKA Chicken Soup) is a staple for the High Holy Days in my family. Drag out the pressure cooker Continue Reading »