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Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah


Editor's Note: We’re In This Together!

Dear Friend,

While preparing to record some of my favorite High Holiday tunes from the prayer service along with their deeper meaning, I was struck by something very telling. Almost all of our prayers are written in the plural. We are approaching G‑d not as individuals, but as one unit—a nation brought together by a common past, present and purpose.

This brought me to a second idea. Since we are all in this together, if some of us are missing, we are all missing. It’s not just enough for you and me to be in the synagogue and hear the shofar; every single Jewish man, woman and child needs to experience Rosh Hashanah.

Do you know someone who needs a place to pray? Please contact your local Chabad center. And if they cannot make it to synagogue, please ask about a shofar home visit. The Chabad rabbi will be glad to help, and you’ll be glad you did.

May it be G‑d’s will that we be inscribed for a good, sweet year—all of us together!

Aryeh Leib Hurwitz,
on behalf of the Team

Rosh Hashanah Minisite
Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year. It is the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve, and a day of judgment and coronation of G‑d as king.
Honey in Jewish Law, Lore, Tradition, and More

You may be familiar with the custom of dipping an apple into honey on Rosh Hashanah, but where else does honey feature in Jewish tradition? Let’s explore the Torah sources that discuss this sweet treat.
The Whole World In Our Hands

What is the job of the human being? It is to give the world meaning. And without meaning, the world can barely be said to exist.
Savoring the Sweetness: A Baby Boomer’s Rosh Hashanah

In the midst of all this school hustle and bustle came another beginning—Rosh Hashanah.
What Is Rosh Hashanah?
What happened on Rosh Hashanah? . . . Who needs kings? . . . The one hundred sounds of the shofar . . . and links to 100 essays, stories, thoughts, insights and how-to guides about the festival we call “head of the year.”
Hanging On by a Rope

It is not by coincidence that the reading of Haazinu, the portion that is always read in proximity to the High Holy Days, explains our connection to G‑d as that of being bound by rope!
Haazinu in a Nutshell
Moses’ song to the Jews before his passing. G‑d instructs Moses to climb Mount Nebo, from which he will view the Promised Land.
Meet a Jewish Rice Farmer from Thailand
The story of how a nice Jewish boy from Kansas ends up as a rice farmer in Thailand who celebrates his heritage
An Insider's Tour of a Shofar Factory
Discover the different kinds of shofars used on Rosh Hashanah the world over and get an inside look into how they’re crafted.
Beyond an ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

My father was diagnosed with ALS when he was 45. Even talking about it makes me tear up. Before doing the Ice Bucket Challenge, here is what I want you to understand about the people behind the illness.
A Cancer Survivor’s Tale

As her daughter was suffering through the chemo treatments, her hair fell out and she wore a wig, like so many cancer patients.
A Recipe for Life

A recipe for love. A recipe for patience. A recipe for determination. A recipe for devotion. A recipe for dedication. A recipe for trust. A recipe for belief.
Rosh Hashanah Pavlova

In this Pavlova, three of the traditional Rosh Hashanah foods come together in a way that is sure to impress. The airy meringue shell is filled with honey-vanilla cream, topped with green apples and drizzled with pomegranate coulis.
Individual Honey Bowls

Learn how to turn an apple into a honey bowl!
Holiday Recipe Roundup

A selection of Rosh Hashanah dishes to help you with your menu planning.
Jewish News
Exiled in Kiev, Donetsk Jewish Community Prepares for the High Holidays

Rabbi Pinchas Vishedski, chief rabbi of Donetsk, Ukraine,and his wife Dina struggle to organize Rosh Hashanah in Kiev for a beleaguered community that has fled the fighting in the east.
Facebook Campaign Inspires Rosh Hashanah and Shabbat Candle-Lighting

‘Event’ marks 40th anniversary of the ongoing worldwide effort launched by the Lubavitcher Rebbe in 1974
Treacherous 1,200-Mile Drive to Deliver Hurricane Relief to Cabo

Volunteers finally arrive; Rabbi helps dole out supplies; will join family in La Paz for Rosh Hashanah.
Just in Time for the Holidays, Jamaica Lands Permanent Chabad Presence

A grandson picks up where his grandfather left off, with his wife and ideas to propel the community forward
His left arm under my head; His right arm embraces me.
— Song of Songs 2:6
Print Magazine

Adam, the first human being, opened his eyes to a world that appeared to have always been. He lifted his eyes to the vast sky above. He gazed about at the bustling life. He beheld mighty mountains and majestic waterfalls, flowing rivers and verdant forests.

And he cried out, “I know what this is! This is not just a...