Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, is the first of the High Holy Days or Yamim Noraim (Days of Awe).  It weds seriousness with celebration and begins the 10 days of repentance that culminate in Yom Kippur.  The new year focuses our attention on themes of judgment, repentance, memory and the divine presence in the world. At the same time, Rosh Hashanah invites us to celebrate birth and creation on many levels. The liturgy suggests that Rosh Hashanah commemorates the creation of the world. Family-oriented services often include a birthday cake for the world—a big hit for kids of all ages! We dip apples in honey to emphasize the sweetness of starting the cycle of seasons once again, and eat round challot to remind us of the cycles of life.


By Tamara Cohen
The masculine hierarchical God-language so prevalent in High Holiday liturgy can be painful and distancing. This article offers suggestions to restore the empowering potential of the High Holidays for those who have felt diminished, uninterested, and/or angered by traditional High Holiday prayer.   more

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Teshuvah Walks

By Rabbi Goldie Milgram
A meditation walk that one can do to prepare to do teshuvah (repentance)   more

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