The basic Rosh HaShanah Amidah is an elaboration of that for the Festivals. Both have seven benedictions, as on Shabbat—the first three and last three of the daily Amidah, with the Kedushat hayom (“Sanctity of the Day”) benediction in the middle.1 On both Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur, the Kedushat hayom benediction builds on the text for the Festivals:
For an extra sweet Shabbat, this variation on traditional challah adds some sweet apples to the dough just before braiding.
Some Rabbinic texts suggest that the first translation of the Torah into Greek received a kind of divine imprimatur by the Holy One himself (or, herself). Seventy translators each produced an identical translation, a miraculous feat!
I do not have enough fingers and toes on which to count the various kinds of Passover seders I have participated in or led. So many have been close to my heart, building and reinforcing my Jewish identity year after year.
Recently my employer, Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis, invited a guest speaker talk to our staff about Social Security and the options about when to file. It was full of information on which to make an informed decision about retiring and collecting Social Security and Medicare.