Rosh Hashanah

  • 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 ▸

  • Medieval Dubrovnik Shul Reopens for Rosh Hashanah

    With its walls freshly painted, floors sanded and varnished, and a new tile roof overhead, the elegant, baroque synagogue of Dubrovnik reopened its doors for Rosh Hashanah 5758. The synagogue first opened in 1655. Located deep in the center of Dubrovnik’s medieval walled city, it has faithfully served a community that has never exceeded 250… More ▸

  • Postal Workers Win Battle for Time off on High Holidays

    They won the battle, but the war continues for Florida Jewish postal employees who were denied time off for the High Holidays. After receiving phone calls in support of the employees and intervention by the Anti-Defamation League, the manager of the U.S. Postal Service in Coral Springs, Fla., agreed to rework schedules so that anyone… More ▸

  • 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 ▸