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Rosh Hashanah

  • Floyd Fails to Flood out High Holidays in Jewish Communities on East Coast

    Hurricane Floyd was certainly no picnic, but it wasn’t Noah’s flood, either. That’s the assessment as Jewish communities on the East Coast cleaned up from last week’s hurricane as they commemorated Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar, and erected their booths to celebrate the upcoming holiday of Sukkot. “We had a little… More ▸

  • Mystical Tradition Draws Stars for Rosh Hashanah Observances

    More than 2,500 adherents of Kabbalah centers around the world joined in celebration of Rosh Hashanah this year in what is believed to be the largest public gathering of followers of the mystical Jewish tradition in the United States. Billed as the “Rosh Hashanah of the Millennium,” the observances at the Anaheim Hilton hotel in… More ▸

  • High Holidays Feature (4): the Gourmet Touch; Breaking the Yom Kippur Fast

    Preparation for the break-the-fast meal can easily be completed the day before the holiday. After returning from a full day at synagogue feeling hungry and tired, the last thing one wants to do is reheat leftovers from last evening’s dinner. Instead, this make-ahead meal begins with the simple ritual of blessing the challah, which is… More ▸

  • Aclu Lawsuit Claims Schools Favor Judaism by Closing on High Holidays

    Jewish groups are criticizing a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union that seeks to block a suburban Cincinnati school district from canceling classes on the High Holidays. The ACLU said the Sycamore Community School District’s decision to close on Yom Kippur violates the constitutional prohibition against establishing one religion above others. The school… More ▸

  • High Holidays Sermons Focus on Clinton Scandal

    President Clinton’s path of repentance wove its way into American synagogues during the High Holidays. Many rabbis incorporated lessons and opinions from the presidential scandal into their sermons. But even when it wasn’t mentioned, Clinton’s affair with a White House intern made its presence felt at services on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. In 30… More ▸