Rosh Hashanah

  • Israel Year in Review (high Holidays Feature 6): a Traumatic Year for Israelis Leads to Seismic Poli

    Last Rosh Hashanah, Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, in his gravelly voice and straightforward prose, delivered the traditional end-of- year message from the premier to the citizens of Israel and to Jews around the world. That memory alone is enough to render such overworked epithets as “traumatic” and “dramatic” hopelessly inadequate to describe Israel’s just-ending year,… More ▸

  • Rosh Hashanah Message from Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin

    Dear Friends, My Brothers and Sisters, Children of the Jewish People: From Jerusalem, the eternal capital of Israel and the Jewish people, I send you greetings of peace and wishes for a good year. Warm regards from our common home. Rosh Hashanah marks the beginning of the Jewish new year. At this time, Jews all… More ▸

  • Rosh Hashanah Message from Israeli President Ezer Weizman

    Rosh Hashanah this year coincides with Jerusalem’s anniversary celebrations. For more than 3,000 years, Jerusalem has been the sovereign and spiritual center of Israel and the Jewish people. Jerusalem is unique. No other city has survived so many years and yet remained as it was 3,000 years ago – the City of David, the City… More ▸

  • High Holidays Feature (11): the Gourmet Touch; a Rosh Hashanah Dinner for All

    L’shanah tovah – “May you be inscribed for a good New Year” – will be repeated throughout synagogues and Jewish homes starting at sundown on Sept. 24. “May it be a good sweet year” it is the theme of Rosh Hashanah. Jews eat accordingly during this period, with many of dishes prepared with honey. Years… More ▸

  • Israel on High State of Alert for the Rosh Hashanah Holiday

    Israeli officials, on a high state of alert following promises by Arab militants to thwart any reconciliation between Palestinians and Israelis, have taken extra security measures for the Rosh Hashanah weekend. Police officials have canceled all leaves, and Israeli soldiers have been warned to be on guard against bombings, ambushes and kidnappings. As a further… More ▸

  • Kohl Criticizes Neo-nazi Attacks in Rosh Hashanah Message to Jews

    In a Rosh Hashanah message to the Jewish community, Chancellor Helmut Kohl sharply criticized the ongoing neo-Nazi attacks on foreigners seeking asylum in Germany. Referring to the persecution of the Jews in the Third Reich, Kohl said, “Historical comparisons are being made once again, and we must take them seriously.” His message last Friday came… More ▸

  • U.S. Arms Package for Israel Called Rosh Hashanah Present

    A U.S. decision to present Israel with 25 Apache and 10 Blackhawk assault helicopters, as well as 70 Patriot anti-missile missiles, is being described by the media here as the “”best Rosh Hashanah present the U.S. could have given Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Israel.11 The helicopters are being given to Israel to help offset… More ▸

  • Israelis Move into High Gear to Prepare for Rosh Hashanah

    With Rosh Hashanah set to begin on Sunday night, Israelis are racing the clock – and each other – to prepare for the holiday. Whether in the trendy neighborhood of Baka or the ultra-Orthodox section of Mea She’arim, Jerusalemites are gearing up for the new year. While Rosh Hashanah means different things to different people,… More ▸