Rosh Hashanah

  • Premier Optimistic on Peace, Economy on Rosh Hashanah Eve

    Despite gloomy headlines about Israeli-Palestinian relations, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is optimistic about Israel’s future. In his annual pre-Rosh Hashanah meeting with correspondents from the American Jewish media, the premier downplayed the badly frayed peace process, focusing instead on Israel’s economic strengths, particularly in the technological arena. Noting that Israel is poised to become “one… More ▸

  • Florida Postal Workers Denied Time off for the High Holidays

    A battle over freedom of religion is brewing in southern Florida, where at least four Jewish post office employees have been denied time off for the High Holidays. Now the employees of the U.S. Postal Service in Coral Springs, Fla., are struggling to figure out how they will observe Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. It’s… More ▸

  • Rosh Hashanah Feature (6): Wide Choice of Holiday Cards Available on Jewish New Year

    “L’shanah tovah,” literally, “To a good new year,” is the greeting extended throughout the Jewish world on Rosh Hashanah. The greeting, a tradition as old as the holiday itself, is unique among Jewish festivals. “Nowhere else in the calendar do you have a greeting” written in a Machzor, or holiday prayer book, said Rabbi Yaacov… More ▸

  • Rosh Hashanah Interview: Premier Affirms Commitment to Peace, Religious Status Quo

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to act forcefully to stamp out violence and the threat of violence in Israeli society. “I will simply not tolerate a climate of lawlessness, a climate of threat,” the premier said this week in a pre-Rosh Hashanah interview with representatives of the American Jewish media. He was referring to… More ▸

  • High Holidays Feature (4): Rosh Hashanah; a Time for Repentance, Renewal

    In Jewish tradition, Rosh Hashanah triggers two distinct reactions: repentance and renewal. Repentance (to turn from sin) is not the same as renewal (to turn from routine). In a way, it is more comfortable for people to focus on evil and sin as the main problem of the High Holidays reflection period. After all, most… More ▸