How Rosh Hashanah Became New Year’s Day

In the Torah, the beginning of the year was clearly set in the spring. So what happened?

Yom Kippur 2019

Yom Kippur begins at sunset on Tuesday, October 8 and ends at sundown on Wednesday, October 9, 2019.

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Summary

In this Torah portion, Moses describes the Covenant between God and the Israelites, urging the Israelites to uphold the Covenant and honor the Torah so that they may be rewarded with life in the Land of Israel.

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HAFTARAH SUMMARY

Parashat Nitzavim

Deuteronomy 29:9 - 30:20

Isaiah 61:10 - 63:9

Torah That is “Near to You”

The text is eternal because of its adaptability — not its unchanging nature.

Videos @ MJL

Jewish Calendar: Solar and Lunar

How the Hebrew calendar works.

VIDEO: How to Make Classic Holiday Brisket

Because it's not a holiday without slow-cooked brisket.

Tashlich, the Symbolic Casting Off of Sins

A Rosh Hashanah ritual for the whole family.

Recipes

Classic Potato Kugel

A grandmother's recipe offers an easy route to this classic Ashkenazi dish.

Apple and Honey Pie Pops

A cinch to make and fun to eat.

Sephardic Jeweled Rosh Hashanah Rice

Sweet and fragrant, this dish incorporates symbolic holiday foods.

Quizzes

Kashrut/Dietary Laws Quiz

How much do you know about the details of and reasons behind kashrut?

Minor Fasts Quiz

How much do you know about these days of mourning?

Rosh Hashanah Quiz

Test your knowledge of the Jewish New Year.

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