Reflections: Rosh Hashana for the non-observant Israeli

Of all the Jewish holidays, with the possible exception of Shavuot, this is the one that seems least important to the general population.

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September 7, 2017 19:09
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Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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As we approach Rosh Hashana, I am once again struggling to understand why those days that are so central to Jewish life in the Diaspora are so unimportant in Israel. I suppose I should be used to it by now, having lived here for more than four decades, but somehow I cannot quite assimilate it.

Of all the Jewish holidays, with the possible exception of Shavuot, this is the one that seems least important to the general population; i.e. those who do not identify themselves as dati’im (observant), which is the majority of the Ashkenazi population.

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