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High Holidays services came and went, and I missed them. The New Year had barely begun and already I had this serious transgression on my 5770 scorecard. Tashlich would be my chance to rectify my wrongs, so it had to be done right: I'd go to Ocean Beach and purge my sins in the Pacific. But before, I would read up on the ritual to make certain I would not err again.
It's the children, at first, that inspire awe, the infants now walking, the toddlers talking, the grade schoolers freshly combed and pressed, the high schoolers immense, the college students all but unrecognizable in their newfound sophistication. The brief span of twelve months has metamorphosed them all.
As Jews throughout the world prepare to gather for the High Holidays, Reform Jewish communities want to ensure that everyone who enters our synagogues – at this season and throughout the year – has a meaningful, fulfilling worship experience.
Rabbi Leora Kaye, Director of Program for the Union for Reform Judaism, explains the ritual of blowing the shofar.
There are many customs and traditions associated with Rosh HaShanah, the Jewish New Year, a time of prayer, self-reflection and repentance.
In ancient times, there were four different New Years on the Jewish calendar. Each had a distinct significance.