Rosh Hashanah

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When religious holidays coincide with college classes
BY Maxine Dovere
August 29, 2013

The 2012 High Holidays were unlike any others in the history of Stony Brook University. Last academic year, for the first time, the school held regular classes rather than suspend them during traditional Jewish and Christian holidays. The change was made “to ensure that some religions not given preferential treatment,” according to Dean of CONTINUE »

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A symbol of Rosh Hashanah, honey is also recognized as a treatment for a variety of health problems
BY Simone Ellin
August 29, 2013

Anyone who’s attended Jewish preschool knows that on Rosh Hashanah we eat apples and honey to symbolize our wishes for a sweet year. “Just as we do on Passover with the Seder plate, on Rosh Hashanah, we also eat symbolic foods. It’s not a law, it’s a folk tradition,” said Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin. Like CONTINUE »

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Going to the source of Rosh Hashanah sweetness
BY Edmon J. Rodman
August 29, 2013

Here’s the buzz about Rosh Hashanah: Beyond a congregation or family, it takes a hive to have a holiday. You may have your tickets, new dress or suit and High Holidays app, but without the honey in which to dip a slice of apple, where would you be? We wish each other “shanah tovah umetuka,” CONTINUE »

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Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, yoga, mindfulness, meditation and nutrition
BY Adriane Stein Kozlovsky
August 29, 2013

What do the Hebrew month of Elul — the month leading up to Rosh Hashanah — and the 10 days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur have to do with yoga? They all give the opportunity to reflect, be introspective, consider the past and think about the future with all of its wonderful possibilities. On CONTINUE »

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Shofar makers explain the delicate process of turning rough animal horns into ceremonial instruments
BY Marc Shapiro
August 29, 2013

The sound of the shofar is unmistakable — its loud, triumphant blasts can be heard throughout Rosh Hashanah services and during Yom Kippur when the fast is over. But that hollow, smooth, shimmering, resonant horn heard in synagogue took meticulous handiwork to transform from the crude horn of an animal to a majestic shofar. “They’re CONTINUE »