The Shofar

What the shofar is and why we blow it on Rosh Hashanah.

At Home

The central home ritual of this holiday consists of a special festive meal.

In the Community

In synagogue on Rosh Hashanah, a number of themes are repeated in the liturgy and Torah service.


The annual coronation of God.

The Lowdown on High Holiday Tickets

Why many synagogues require them, and alternative options -- including live-streaming services -- for those on a budget.



Rosh Hashanah, all you can eat.

Honey Cake

For a sweet new year.

Sweet and Sour Brisket

Melt-in-your-mouth brisket like Bubbe used to make.

Pomegranate Chicken

A recipe for Rosh Hashanah.


An old world dish takes on a new taste.

Traditions & Rituals

Home Customs

Suggestions for bringing the messages of the New Year home from synagogue.

The Shofar as Prayer

Lessons from tradition about the meaning of the shofar.


A Rosh Hashanah ritual for the whole family.

Day of Judgment

Rosh Hashanah is called Yom Ha-Din, the day we stand in judgment before God.

Making Synagogue Meaningful

Or, how to survive High Holiday services.


High Holiday Mahzor

A prayer book for the High Holidays.

Avinu Malkeinu

The language of merciful Father can still speak to us on the Day of Judgment.

Unetanah Tokef

A religious poem that is meant to strike fear in us.

Holiday Meditation

Facing the music.

13 Attributes of Mercy

Asking God for forgiveness.