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Rosh Hashanah Videos

Watch these inspiring High Holidays videos and learn its traditions and meaning.

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A Pre-Rosh Hashanah Lecture
How the simple sound of the ram’s horn on Rosh Hashanah represents a Jew’s heartfelt cry to G‑d.
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Analyzing the structure of the Rosh Hashanah Musaf
A basic overview of the scriptural and Talmudic sources for the three-part structure of the Rosh Hashanah Musaf prayer, plus its deeper meaning as embodied by two chassidic parables.
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A Guide to the High Holiday Services
Understand the meaning and the structure of the Rosh Hashanah prayer services and "why we do what we do."
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In-depth study of the High Holiday prayers
Each lecture presents a fascinating anthology of a particular part of the unique liturgy of the Machzor, delving into the history, structure and deeper meanings of the prayerful literary tapestry we call Davening. This series is sure to make your praying experience more profound on Rosh Hashanah!
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How a Jew Celebrates a New Year
How to prepare mentally and emotionally for Rosh Hashannah as the 48-hour period on which we connect to our "higher self" by crowning G-d as King.
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Top Ten Reasons for Blowing the Shofar
A deeper look at the many reasons enumerated in the teachings of the Sages for shofar, and the underlying theme it conveys.
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The Shofar Blowing Service
This class endeavors to uncover the reasons behind the order of the shofar sounding specifically in the middle of the Rosh Hashana prayer service.
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Three Themes of the High Holidays
This series examines three major themes of the days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur: 1) the coronation of G-d, 2) a time of judgment, and 3) a time for repentance.
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How a Cantor Gets Ready for the High Holidays
Preparing for his yearly stint as a High Holidays "chazan," Cantor Aryeh Leib Hurwitz of Brooklyn talks about what it takes to pray for a congregation of a thousand.
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A Story of Kindness
Yaakov wants Elijah the Prophet to appear to him. This stop-motion animation teaches children about the power of kindness. Starring Roseanne Barr.
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What Wi-Fi sharing can teach us about Rosh Hashanah
Do you take charge of your environment or do you pass the ball around to others? G d appointed each of us as leaders over our spheres of influence and expects us to become a 'ruler' over our surroundings.
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Do the Jewish Thing!
Since Jake was little, he was taught that life is about having “things”. We have the right things for the right time… This year for the High Holidays come do the Jewish thing!
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Featuring Chazan Yossi Lebovics and the Lebovics Boys Choir
The traditional Selichos featuring Chazan Rabbi Yossi Lebovics and the Lebovics Boys Choir took place Motzoei Shabbos in Hallandale Beach at Chabad of South Broward Headquarters.
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A Rosh Hashanah Message
If everything originates from G-d, why pray to Him to change His plan? And, how can we “demand” more goodness while realizing how unworthy we are?
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Is Rosh Hashanah a day of prayer or shofar?
In addition to sounding the shofar, the Talmud discusses the role of reciting verses of kingship, remembrance, and shofar. Join an in-depth analysis of the Talmudic discussion and two different understandings of the relation between these verses and the shofar.
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A brief pre-Rosh Hashanah insight into letting go of unhealthy thinking and embracing meaningful mindfulness to access blessings for the New Year.
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The weekly portion from the Prophets
This class studies the text of the haftarah for the first day of Rosh Hashanah. The reading is from the beginning of the book of Samuel, which is the narrative of the Chana’s prayer for a child and the subsequent birth of her son Shmuel.
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What happens when we sound the shofar on Rosh Hashanah? A comparison between the shofar sounded on Rosh Hashanah and the shofar of the Messiah. The Lubavitcher Rebbe's interpretation of an enigmatic passage from Isaiah.
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Why is Rosh Hashana observed for two days in Israel? Why do we customarily eat a new fruit on the second night of Rosh Hashanah? How is the mystery of Rosh Hashanah expressed in a law regarding a simple egg? This class addresses the history, Halacha and Kabbalah of the Jewish calendar.
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One of the dominant themes of the Rosh Hashanah liturgy is the notion of G-d remembering His covenant with Man. But why the need to remember when He does not forget? This eye-opening class addresses the immanence and essence of Rosh Hashana.
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Analyzing and interpreting four Chassidic texts on the High Holidays
A description of the Kabbalistic and Chassidic dimensions of the High Holidays, and how they carry through into the holiday of Sukkot.
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The Baal Shem Tov's mystical ascent and encounter with Moshiach in 1746
Fascinating analysis of an account by the Baal Shem Tov of his ascent on-high, into the chamber of Moshiach.
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Perspectives on the High-Holiday Prayer
One of the most poignant moments of the High-Holiday prayers is the recital of the liturgical poem, Unessanneh Tokef. What is its significance? Who composed it, and under what circumstances?
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Chana’s Prayer and Rosh Hashanah
On Rosh Hashana we read in the Haftorah about the birth of the prophet Samuel. Childless for many years, one year on Rosh Hashana, his mother Chana offered a prayer that elicited the Divine blessing resulting in his birth. The Talmud states that Chana's prayer is the model which all prayer aught emulate. This class will explain how to access the awesome power of prayer any time and especially on Rosh Hashana. (Likutei Sichos vol. 29, p.182)
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27 Elul, 5740 • September 8, 1980
On Rosh Hashanah, we are reminded of the Jewish mother’s dedication and self-sacrifice in fostering our nation’s deep commitment to G‑d.
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A Taste of Text—Nitzavim
How can we truly unite with another? Only by realizing that every person has a quality that is unique that only he or she can contribute.
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Erev Rosh Hashanah, 5741 · September 10, 1980
A Jew’s purpose is to illuminate all the world around him. To “illuminate” does not mean to change the order of creation; rather, light enables one to discern the true nature and purpose of what already is there.
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Jewish Kids Crafts
Learn how to decorate a beautiful ceramic honey dish for Rosh Hashanah.
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A father gives love; a king makes demands. Why do we need both?
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Once, after Rosh Hashanah prayers, the Alter Rebbe asked his son, the Mitteler Rebbe, “With what meditation did you pray this Rosh Hoshanah?” He replied, “With the verse, ‘All mankind shall prostrate themselves before You’.” Then the Mitteler Rebbe asked his father, “With what meditation did you pray?” The Alter Rebbe responded, “I prayed with my lectern.”
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Does the Creator Need Us?
G‑d is on the campaign trail to be crowned as King of the Universe again this year, and He wants your vote.
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Master the notes of the most powerful musical instrument
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Learn all about sounding the Shofar on Rosh Hashanah; how to blow the shofar, the practical laws and customs, and its special significance.
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The Sound and the Spirit
The central observance of Rosh Hashanah is hearing the shofar. This year, many of us will not be able to attend synagogue services and will be blowing the shofar at home. This course will provide you with practical tips and mystical insights to fulfill this mitzvah an optimal manner, so you can blow at home, and blow everyone away.
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Learning to blow shofar for the first time? Get expert tips and guidance from a master shofar-blower and musician.
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