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Rosh HaShanah

Many pairs of hands forming hearts

The waning of summer's warm days signals the arrival of the Hebrew month of Elul. It's a time to contemplate the approaching Days of Awe and how best to prepare for them.

Rabbi Sharon G. Forman
Phases of the moon arcing across the sky; full moon in the middle

Although we may think time moves in a linear fashion, Jewish holidays insert themselves in unexpected moments and places, seemingly out-of-sync with our expectations.

Rabbi Sharon G. Forman
Red paper lanterns hanging over a street at twilight

My father is fond of reminding my family of how lucky we are to be Chinese and Jewish. “Three New Year celebrations means three chances for a fresh start!

Rabbi Jacqueline Mates-Muchin
Unfurled Torah lying on a blue fabric with a light red fireworks pattern

Each Monday, shares the gift of the guidance of eminent modern-day scholars and leading Jewish thinkers via Reform Voices of Torah.


Audrey Merwin
Bullhorn with soft, colorful bubbles coming out of it

The worst sin of all is failing to speak up. When we say nothing, we are saying everything wrong. Worse yet, when we say nothing, we are saying everything wrong is right.

Cantor Jacqueline L. Marx
Adult holding small child joyfully overhead with sunset in the background

On Rosh HaShanah it is written; on Yom Kippur it is sealed. But there’s an awful lot that happens in the middle.

Jenifer Newmark
Two sets of hands/arms clasped across a lap in a gesture of support

As the blast of the shofar awakens our souls this High Holiday season, so, too, can it awaken us to the pleas of people who suffer with mental illness.

Rabbi P.J. Schwartz
glacier with mountain in the background

Rosh HaShanah is more than a meal shared with family and friends or time in synagogue. According to tradition, Rosh HaShanah marks the day God created the world.

Rabbi Paul Kipnes
Simple rams horn against a white background with a slight shadow

As I practiced my Haftarah, the words flowed, but I didn't feel emotion, perhaps because I didn't fully understand the portion. So I took the time to try to understand the meaning of the words. 

Howard Lev
Cakn river with autumn-looking trees on the far bank

Tashlich (to cast), a ritual practice of Ashkenazi and Sephardic Jews, customarily takes place on the afternoon of Rosh HaShanah near a natural body of water.

Jane E. Herman and Stacey Zisook Robinson


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