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Rosh Hashanah

  • A Tale of How Rosh Hashanah Played a Role in the Bailout Vote

    Rosh Hashanah: a time for contemplation? Of course. A time for Jewish lawmakers to stop and reconsider how to save Wall Street from itself? Makes sense — four Jewish lawmakers changed their votes over the holiday. A time to heed the Jewish supplications of Newt Gingrich? Yes, it got that weird last week. The first… More ▸

  • A Rosh Hashanah bailout

    Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich said the bailout bill’s failure on the eve of Rosh Hashanah would allow lawmakers pause for “contemplation” during the Jewish holiday. Did the Rosh Hashanah timeout enable the bill eventually to pass? More ▸

  • Rosh Hashanah Liturgy Reminds What We Can Do to Avert Evil

    Sept. 11, 2001 occurred just six days before Rosh Hashanah. It was the tail end of what had been a difficult 12 months on the Jewish calendar: violence in Israel, a presidential election arbitrated by the U.S. Supreme Court, the Enron scandal. Then, on a particularly gorgeous morning, terrorists attacked New York and Washington. Rabbis… More ▸

  • Marking Rosh Hashanah in Egypt

    Once a vibrant center of Jewish life, Egypt’s Jewish community now numbers fewer than 100. Those who remain have vivid memories of the Jewish past, but they say there is no future for the Jewish community. More ▸

  • A New Year Dawns of Machzors and Munitions: Jewish Gis Mark High Holidays

    “Who shall live and who shall die.Who shall reach the end of his days and who shall not.” Ralph Goodman recited those words in a hillside tent in southeastern Belgium. Warren Zundell’s “shul” was a patch of no man’s land somewhere in North Korea. For Robert Cirkus, it was jungle clearing in the bug-infested Central… More ▸