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Rosh Hashanah

  • High Holidays Feature New Book Investigates the Jewish Take on Pregnancy

    Come the end of December, everyone’s mind seems to be focused on new fad diets, health club memberships and the newest quit-smoking gadgets. But the focus of the Jewish New Year is not about reducing physical dependencies, but increasing the spiritual in all areas of our lives. A new collection of interviews by Chana Weisberg,… More ▸

  • Making changes on Rosh Hashanah

    Family columnist Jane Ulman writes about the obligation Jews have to make positive changes in ourselves and the world around us as we observe Rosh Hashanah, the birthday of the world. More ▸

  • High Holidays Feature in Kenya, an Unorthodox Crowd Observes Orthodox Rosh Hashanah

    Rosh Hashanah here is a microcosm of the diversity of Jewish life in the Diaspora — with some African twists. The Nairobi Hebrew Congregation, which serves as the community center for about 300 people, hosted a diverse but small group for the holiday. There were Israeli diplomats, expatriate Israeli and American businessmen, Americans working for… More ▸

  • Rosh Hashanah in Kenya

    The diverse group of Jews who gathered in Nairobi, Kenya, to celebrate the Jewish new year last weekend did so without incident, thanks to checkpoints and guards who monitored a community accustomed to threats of terror and crime. More ▸

  • High Holidays Recipes Traditional Jewish Cooking Gets Touch of Regional Flavors

    I am settled on the sofa surrounded by gourmet magazines. Seeking something spectacular to serve on Rosh Hashanah, I am marking pages displaying apple salsa and honey-wasabi chicken. Part of me is happily creative, but another part wishes I had a file of food-stained family recipes. During the 1950s, my mother erased our Ashkenazi heritage,… More ▸

  • High Holidays Feature a Feast from Jewish Tunisia: It’s a Sensual Dream Come True

    Imagine a Rosh Hashanah table adorned with fruits and vegetables galore. Ruby red pomegranates beckon; their jellied seeds symbolize your good deeds in the coming year. A bowl of crunchy sesame seeds promises that your virtues will be as numerous as sesames seeds themselves. You partake in pumpkins and squash for protection; you nibble on… More ▸