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Rosh HaShanah

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The High Holidays remind us of our natural state of human imperfection. Let's remember, though, we are striving to be better, not perfect, in this New Year,

Rabbi Sharon G. Forman
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Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union for Reform Judaism, presented this sermon on Rosh HaShanah morning, saying, "We need to face something so odious that we will try to avert our eyes. But we must not."

Rabbi Rick Jacobs
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Rosh HaShanah, the Jewish new year, begins Sunday, September 29, at sundown. As we prepare, emotionally and spiritually, for these Days of Awe, we offer three prayers for the season.

 
    Kate Kaput
    The author (holding guitar) and his husband (with shofar) at High Holiday services in Milan

    Although my husband, Don, and I have lived in Jerusalem for six years, I can’t tell you much about the High Holidays in Israel because we’ve been spending them in Milan.

    Cantor Evan Kent
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    After his father died, 9-year-old Leonard Cohen folded a message into one of his father’s bowties and buried it. All his work, Cohen later said, grew out of that act.

    Aron Hirt-Manheimer
    The author and another person preparing salmon to serve to guests

    Whether hosting a holiday meal causes stress or you revel in creating warmth and hospitality around Jewish traditions. here are some tips to host a fantastic gathering.

    Deborah Fishman Shelby
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    Recuperating from a broken ankle this summer, I had time to catch up on my binge streaming. One of my current favorites is the popular Netflix series Orange Is the New Black, which began streaming its seventh and final season on July 26.

    Audrey Merwin
    Row of pomegranates sliced open

    Elul, the Hebrew month that precedes the High Holidays, is traditionally a time of

    Kate Bigam Kaput
    Rosh HaShanah table scene with shofar and pomegranate

    The “Days of Awe” is a good name for the High Holiday season because when we are in awe of something, that's a good thing, but I like “Awesome Days” so much better.

    Rebecca Bernstein McVeigh
    Buddish temple in China, visited by the author

    As Rosh HaShanah approached last year, I was living in southwestern China, where I celebrated by eating apples and explaining the Jewish New Year to my Chinese roommate.

    Hannah Caspar-Johnson

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