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11 Tools for a Meaningful Rosh Hashanah

11 Tools for a Meaningful Rosh Hashanah

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As we approach Rosh Hashanah and the High Holiday season, we have the chance to start a new year full of blessings, success, sweetness and joy in all we do.

To help you on your way to an amazing new year ahead, we’ve collected 11 tools you can use to prepare for Rosh Hashanah.

1. Send a Blessing

Send one of these online Rosh Hashanah cards to your friends and family, and wish them a shanah tovah, a good, sweet year!

2. Cook It

From traditional recipes to bold takes on the Rosh Hashanah classics, check out these 23 recipes to enhance your High Holidays.

3. Totally Righteous

Before the year starts, do a righteous deed and give tzedakah.

4. Have a Blast . . .

Explore 11 reasons we blow the shofar on Rosh Hashanah and bring new meaning to the mitzvah.

5. . . . and Do It Like a Boss

If you plan on blowing shofar or are curious about how it can best done, get some tips from a world-renowned trombonist on how to better blow the shofar.

6. Write It Down

There is a custom of visiting the resting place of righteous Jewish leaders, and reading personal letters and supplications before Rosh Hashanah. Send a letter with this online form to have it brought to the Ohel in Queens, N.Y., the resting place of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory.

7. Get Your Seat

Chabad Houses around the world offer High Holiday services and festive meals for you to join, no experiences required. Find one near you.

8. Spread Some Light

Remember you can use both our popular candle-lighting app and site to find holiday candle-lighting times around the world. Bring extra light into the world this year!

9. Taste the Sweetness

The meals of Rosh Hashanah are replete with symbolic foods and traditions. Find out what we do and why, both in the Ashkenazi and Sefardic traditions.

10. Rockin’ Round Challah

Make delicious, sweet, round Rosh Hashanah challahs with this handy recipe and video.

11. Gone Fishin’

Print the text for Tashlich, and take part in this beautiful ritual of atonement and forgiveness.

Rabbi Mordechai Lightstone is a rabbi by training, but a blogger by choice. He is passionate about using new media to further Jewish identity and community building. Mordechai currently resides in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and four sons, where he happily tweets between sips of espresso.
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