A shofar is a ram's horn that is blown like a trumpet during Rosh Hashanah services, and at the end of Yom Kippur. The four sounds of the shofar--tekiah, shevarim, teruah, and tekiah gedolah--remind many people of a crying voice. Hearing the shofar's call is a reminder for us to look inward and repent for the sins of the past year.Read more
Brush up on the basics of the Jewish new year.
The central home ritual of this holiday consists of a special festive meal.
In synagogue on Rosh Hashanah, a number of themes are repeated in the liturgy and Torah service.
The annual coronation of God.
An instruction manual for the shofar can be found in the Torah.
Rosh Hashanah, all you can eat.
For a sweet new year.
Melt-in-your-mouth brisket like Bubbe used to make.
A recipe for Rosh Hashanah.
An old world dish takes on a new taste.
Traditions & Rituals
Suggestions for bringing the messages of the New Year home from synagogue.
Lessons from tradition about the meaning of the shofar.
A Rosh Hashanah ritual for the whole family.
Rosh Hashanah is called Yom Ha-Din, the day we stand in judgment before God.
Or, how to survive High Holiday services.
A prayer book for the High Holidays.
The language of merciful Father can still speak to us on the Day of Judgment.
A religious poem that is meant to strike fear in us.
Facing the music.
Asking God for forgiveness.