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Haftarah for Shemini Atzeret: Summary

Solomon dedicates the Temple, and the Israelites rejoice.

A Sephardic Rosh Hashanah Seder

This ritual for the Jewish New Year goes far beyond dipping apples in honey.

Tashlich, the Symbolic Casting Off of Sins

A Rosh Hashanah ritual for the whole family.

Counting the Jewish Years

How the Jewish year is numbered.

Avodah Service

Recounting Yom Kippur traditions from the Temple period.

What Happens in Synagogue on Simchat Torah

Special ceremonies for ending and beginning the Torah cycle.

What is Shemini Atzeret?

Not quite Sukkot, not quite its own holiday.

Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha

External texts from the Second Temple period.

Bring Your Own Books

Seven things to read in shul on the High Holidays.

Sukkot for Families

Creative tips for the happiest time of the year.

Hamotzi: The Blessing Over Bread

Explanation of this blessing, full text and video tutorial.

Vashti and Esther: A Feminist Perspective

The relationship between the two Persian queens is integral to understanding the Purim story.