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Stories about Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year: ancient, chassidic, and contemporary.

Rosh Hashanah Stories

Rosh Hashanah Stories

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Saved From Death's Door
He’s refused to eat for the past four weeks. The doctors say that his organs are starting to shut down . . .
Two Parables
A King had an only son, the apple of his eye. The King wanted his son to master different fields of knowledge and to experience various cultures, so he sent him to a far-off country...
The Coronation
Who crowns G-d as king? And what emotion should this elicit. A contemporary Jewish leader shares a moving childhood memory...
Caught in the Act
None would buy the great soul of R. Levi Yitzchak on Rosh Hashanah.
The Master Key
Finally, the great moment arrived. It was the morning of Rosh Hashanah, and Rabbi Ze’ev stood on the reading platform in the center of the Baal Shem Tov’s synagogue amidst the Torah scrolls, surrounded by a sea of tallit-draped bodies.
A Rebbe's Prayer
The sexton returned to see what was happening, and when he arrived he saw the gentile standing in the vestibule crying bitterly. “Why are you crying? the sexton asked...
In the Land of Obmah
A Rosh Hashanah story
After a month of determined journeying, the elders of Obmah reached the deep caves of Igsirous, the last bastion of loyalty to King Avmal remaining in the kingdom...
Holding G-d in Her Hands
It was obvious that G‑d was there in the room. Because she was talking to Him.
Our Rosh Hashanah Blackout
I feel as if I am on another planet, a different dimension. For the first time in a long time, I truly feel Rosh Hashanah
Anniversary
After all these years, I may be less sensitive to your wants and wishes. My guard is down; my words and actions no longer reflect the nuances of care they once did. But you, too, don't give yourself as freely as in the olden days...
The Sound of the Silent Shofar
OK, that’s the law; but where is the inspiration? Where is the majesty? How can we hear a silent shofar?
"Today is the day before Rosh Hashanah," his Zeide explained. "Today we do not blow Shofar. Tomorrow morning, we will blow the shofar in shul." The child did not comprehend the reasons. He kicked and screamed, telling his Zeide, "One more blast! One more blast!"
The Fireman
A Parable
He ran to the nearest hut and set fire to its straw roof. The fire began to spread very quickly. “Don’t be alarmed!” cried the lad. “Now watch me.”
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