August 2, 2014 / 6th of Av, 5774
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Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur

The High Holidays

Rosh Hashanah 2014 begins at sundown on Wednesday, September 24, ushering in the Jewish year of 5775. The two days of Rosh Hashanah kick off a period known as the Days of Awe, or the Ten Days of Repentence, culminating in Yom Kippur, which begins at sundown on Friday, October 3.

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    “I’m an athletic director writing sports schedules. What are the rules regarding work and the Jewish calendar that I should be aware of? And how might I balance these rules with practical considerations for scheduling?” By Rabbi Michael Fel Thank you for your... Read More
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    I’ve found that the best way to warm up a house is to invite friends over for dinner. The crisp fall air doesn’t stand a chance against lively conversation and a hot oven.  But a word of warning to any potential dinner-party attendee: I don’t have much of a sweet tooth.... Read More
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    The central section of the Yom Kippur liturgy is the public confession known as the “viddui.” Originally patterned after the priestly narrative of Yom Kippur in Leviticus 16, the current iteration, with its poetic catalogue of sins, is the work of our rabbinic sages, who believed that... Read More
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    Rosh Hashanah may be over, but fall is only beginning and Sukkot is just around the corner. So the classic pairing of apples and honey is just as relevant as it was last week. I look at this duo as a jumping-off point—a basic combination that you can riff on by introducing some other... Read More
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    The rituals of Yom Kippur overlap significantly with the rituals of Jewish marriage, such that one’s wedding day is considered a personal Yom Kippur, a day that includes fasting and wearing white. But there is also a stark contrast between these two rituals—a wedding involves making... Read More
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    Why do we fast on Yom Kippur? Growing up, going to services with my parents and grandparents, I would ask my grandfather how his fast was going. “Since lunch, it’s been going great,” he would reply with a smile and a wink. Yom Kippur is our most revered day on the Jewish... Read More
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    The fact that Rosh Hashanah was so close to Labor day last week left me in a bit of a panic.  I'm not sure, but I think I heard my leather boots sniffling in the back of my closet, waiting to be called into high-holiday action. Yet, imagine their shock when I picked out something (gasp)... Read More
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     How do you make the High Holidays inclusive to people of all abilities? We’ve put together some inclusion resources for families and synagogues to insure the sweetest New Year possible:  The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism provides a special Information for the High... Read More
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    The phrase “Boston Jewish political dynasty” has been tossed around this summer to describe Josh Zakim. Josh is a municipal bonds lawyer who began his career at Greater Boston Legal Services and is now running to represent District 8 on the Boston City Council. I chatted with Josh... Read More
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    By Jay Ruderman “And all the people of the world pass before Him like sheep.” (From the High Holy Day prayers.) Tomorrow night, Jews around the world will begin the holiday of Rosh Hashana, a holiday which ushers in a new year. Not only do we look forward to the New Year but the... Read More
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Rosh Hashanah Recipes

Ever year at Rosh Hashanah we wish our family and friends a "sweet year." But Jewish tradition encourages us to engage all our tastebuds when thinking about the year to come.

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    Simanim - Symbolic Foods If there's anything Jews love as much as food, it's superstitions. Simanim combine both, telling us what to eat for an auspicious New Year.
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    Toasting the New Year While it may not be traditional to raise a glass in honor of the Jewish New Year, that doesn't mean we can't concoct special cocktails for the occasion.
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    All Recipes Browse our collection for old favorites and new ideas for your holiday table.