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Since 1970, the United States has celebrated Earth Day every April. By contrast, ancient Jewish celebrations throughout the year remind us of our responsibility to safeguard the fragile planet God has entrusted to our care. Almost all of our Jewish observances reflect environmental concerns.
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.
Our fondest memories often center on family gatherings and delicious meals that include foods related to specific Jewish holidays – matzah brei on Passover, latkes during Hanukkah, or cheesecake on Shavuot
A round challah is one of many ways that we make regular foods extra special in celebration of the New Year. This year, kick your challah-making game up a notch with a host of recipes to choose from based on just how you like your challah and step-by-step instructions on how to shape them.
There are many customs and traditions associated with Rosh HaShanah, the Jewish New Year, a time of prayer, self-reflection and repentance.
Here are blessings for home rituals during the Rosh HaShanah holiday. Lighting candles, eating apples and honey, offering thanks for sweetness and sustenance, and celebrating the cycle of life we travel each year while around a table with family and friends can add richness to your Holy Day observance.
In ancient times, there were four different New Years on the Jewish calendar. Each had a distinct significance.
Listen to this selection of songs to help you get in the spirit of self-reflection, in preparation for the High Holidays.
T’shuvah (repentance/repair) is a vital aspect of the High Holidays, so it’s important to embrace these holidays from a strong foundation rooted in self-care.