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Yad Vashem: Rosh Ha’Shannah Prayers on a Paper Sack

Just three months before he died, Naftali Stern visited Yad Vashem on Holocaust Remembrance Day, 1978. Naftali, an elderly man in his late 70’s, took out an envelope containing frayed pages; written on them were the prayers for the Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashanah Musaf), the longest in Jewish liturgy. Naftali proceeded to share his story. […]

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Rosh Ha Shannah Musical

The Fountainheads are a group of young Israeli dancers, singers, actors and artists, all graduates and students of the Ein Prat Academy for Leadership, who have have joined forces to create new Jewish artistic content for today’s Jewish World. All members of the group have spent time living and studying at the Ein Prat Academy, […]

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Rosh HaShannah – Heroes & Villains

The stories associated with Jewish holidays are well known. They are the stuff of books and movies. However, they are not all just for children at bedtime. They have lessons for everyone who reads and discusses them. The purpose of this section is to mention the most famous and some not so famous, in the […]

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Rosh HaShannah – Laws & Customs

Your spiritual journey begins in Elul, the Hebrew month preceding Rosh Hashanah which is usually the beginning of September. During Elul it is custom to blow the shofar, the ram’s horn, in the synagogue, during weekday services. The shofar, the most visible symbol of Rosh Hashanah, is a reminder of the animal that was sacrificed […]

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Rosh HaShanah – Religious Meaning

Rosh Hashanah, the first of the Jewish High Holy Days, is unlike other religious, ethnic or cultural New Year celebrations. For example, the first of January, the most famous of all new year celebrations, is marked each year by elaborate parties, music, food, countdowns till midnight and toasting. And, while Jews around the world celebrate […]

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Rosh HaShanah 101

Rosh Hashanah, which literally means the head of the year, commemorates the anniversary of the creation of the world.   It is celebrated on the first and second days of the seventh Hebrew month, Tishri. Depending on the solar calendar, Rosh Hashanah occurs in September or October. Rosh Hashanah, when all living things are judged, is […]

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