Rosh Hashanah

The Womb from which the World Came

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Renew Our Days RH Card

Judaism does not shy away from the pain of these longings on Rosh Hashanah—in fact, it confronts them head on. This year more than ever I am struck by the stories we read about Sarah and Hannah during these two days. During the holiday we read of Sarah’s yearning for a child and her surprise at conceiving even after her cycle had stopped. And of Hannah’s burning desire for a child that, after many years, finally came to be. What connects these stories of barren women yearning for children and the name of Rosh Hashanah as Hayom Harat Olam (the Day of the World’s Conception)?

Strength in Fragility

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Little Grass Shoots
Cracked Plant Egg

With the summer’s end, my hands will no longer be gritty from tucking tangled roots into the soil, from weeding out invaders and doling out compost.

Climb Every Mountain

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Couch and Mountain

I am starting a new tradition, right here, right now.

The Plea for Parnussah

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Business Man

On Rosh Hashanah we re-enthrone the Sovereign King in order to perpetuate the ancient world order. But what happens when this particular male-dominant, top down world order is reversed?

Pomegranate and Vanilla-Honey Parfait

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Food is never simply food on a Jewish table. Rather, it’s symbolic and carries meaning that goes beyond the sum of its parts.

Leaving In Order To Return

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EXIT
Footprints

Though still in the month of Elul, we are approaching Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. We are leaving 5772 behind and will soon enter 5773.

Sarah's Choice

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Sarah / Salome

One recent summer weekend, my life—or my awareness of its imperatives—underwent a radical shift. My 28-year-old son was away at the beach with friends.

Honey Cake: Succulent Slice of Rosh Hashanah Heaven

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Honey Cake

There’s a spot in the morning Shacharis service that reminds us that honey can’t be added to any offering.

Inspiration for the New Year from #jwapedia

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Last week, JWA asked: Who do you choose to inspire and guide you, your community, and the world, this New Year?

Eating Jewish: Rosh Hashanah Chicken with Cinnamon and Apples from Metz

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Rosh Hashanah Chicken with Cinnamon and Apples from Metz

Apples are a central component on Rosh Hashanah tables, from the honey dipped apples eaten at the beginning of the evening meal in the hope that they will help bring about a good and sweet new year

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