Rosh Hashanah

May 30, 2013

On the first day of Rosh Hashanah, it’s not uncommon to see Jews tossing little bits of paper into lakes or rivers. These scraps float for a moment, then become soft in the water, finally sinking down to the dark bottom. It is the water itself that brings the papers down, though the words contained CONTINUE »

May 30, 2013

It can be challenging to remember when Rosh Hashanah occurs on the Gregorian calendar. Usually, it’s in early September, but sometimes the holiday begins toward the latter part of the month—and it can begin as late as October. It’s no problem, though, to know exactly when Rosh Hashanah comes on the Hebrew calendar: it’s always CONTINUE »

May 30, 2013

Make A Round Challah Cover Make a special round challah cover with your children. What you need: A dark piece of tissue paper a ten-inch round doily colorful wrapping or construction paper glue a rag pencil and felt pens a lid from a pot scissorsCONTINUE »

May 30, 2013

You’ve cleaned the house, prepared the food, bought a new outfit for the holiday. Synagogue or temple services and a delicious meal (maybe…chicken?) are just around the corner. Meanwhile, here are some ideas to help make getting ready for Rosh Hashanah a real celebration, and fun!CONTINUE »

May 30, 2013

“L’shanah tovah,” literally, “To a good new year,” is the greeting extended throughout the Jewish world on Rosh Hashanah. The greeting, a tradition as old as the holiday itself, is unique among Jewish festivals. “Nowhere else in the calendar do you have a greeting” written in a Machzor, or holiday prayer book, said Rabbi Yaacov CONTINUE »