rosh hashanah

Rosh Hashana, is a festival in Judaism celebrating the first day of the Jewish year. The name literally means "Head of the Year." It is celebrated for two days beginning on Tishrei 1. Special customs during the holiday include hearing the blowing of the shofar 100 times during prayer services, eating apple dipped in honey, as well as reciting the special Tashlich prayer next to a body of water.

My Word: Words and prayers from a pandemic bubble

That phrase “I prayed in a bubble” would have been incomprehensible last Rosh Hashanah. The year 2020 has created its own time capsule and traditions.

Israel lacks its usual holiday spirit amid new coronavirus lockdown

In the Jewish state, Jews from across the religious spectrum are feeling an aching loss for the spiritual highlights of the year.

On Rosh Hashanah, Argentine city holds car show-inspired drive-in service

The event was organized in coordination with the local government to comply with COVID-19 protocols and guidelines.

By JTA STAFF
23/09/2020
Avi Gabbay (left) and Ambassador to France, Eric Danon.
Grapevine, September 23, 2020: Fast lane diplomacy

The movers and shakers of Israeli society.

11-year-old boy blows shofar in front of Supreme Court to honor RBG

Marlowe told the “Good Morning Washington” show on WJLA-Ch. 7 that she also printed out several copies of the Mourner’s Kaddish to say at the Supreme Court in honor of Ginsburg.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
22/09/2020
How Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death changed Rosh Hashanah services

On Twitter, Rabbi Michael Latz reported that a colleague had “rushed the bimah” with a note scrawled on a piece of paper ripped from a spiral notebook: “RBG died.”

By PHILISSA CRAMER/JTA
22/09/2020
Did dying on Rosh Hashanah make Ruth Bader Ginsburg a ‘tzaddika?’

“If you die at the end of the year, literally on the cusp, which is exactly when Ruth died, that means in a sense that you’re assured for that whole year because you’re one of the righteous people.”

By BEN HARRIS/JTA
22/09/2020
Hundreds of Breslov hassidim dance without masks in Uman

Some 2,000 pilgrims managed to enter the city where Rebbe Nachman is buried, before the Ukrainian authorities banned entry to the country from August 26 to September 28.

Shofarpalooza: Drive-in Rosh Hashanah service makes a sight to see

The service included a festive sundown celebration stacked with live shofar-blowing, among other activities.

German Fuhrer Adolph Hitler doing a Nazi salute
Nazi flag sprawled out in Miami disturbs Jews ahead of Rosh Hashanah

The flag was seen sprawled out across bushes by the condominium on two instances, one of which was documented by a resident of the building next door.

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