rosh hashanah

Do Jews Send Rosh Hashanah Cards?

Jews have been sending New Years' greetings by mail for centuries.

Do Jews Fast on Rosh Hashanah?

Rosh Hashanah is a time for eating! Jews fast on Yom Kippur, and some other holidays as well.

Why Do Some Jews Visit Uman for Rosh Hashanah?

The Ukrainian city has been a site for Hasidic pilgrimage for more than 200 years since the death of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov.

V’chol Ma’amimim: Speaking Order into Chaos

From the depths of uncertainty, this High Holiday prayer invites us to call out the steadfast faith we wish we felt.

What is Elul?

The month prior to the Jewish new year is a time of introspection and personal stock-taking.

Symbols of Rosh Hashanah

Visual symbols of the Jewish New Year include the shofar and apples and honey. 

This Rosh Hashanah, Try Picking Up the Phone

Mass emails and social posts asking for forgiveness from ‘anyone I hurt’ bypass the hard work of repentance.

The Shofar Blasts

The ram's horn is blown on the High Holidays in three specific ways.

The Art of Teshuvah

The Jewish practice of repentance involves not merely turning away from sin, but turning toward the dark parts of ourselves.

Is it OK to do this on Rosh Hashanah?

Prohibitions on activities on the Jewish new year are similar to Shabbat, but with a few important differences.