Tag: Rosh Hashanah

Reconciling Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur: When Your Baby Is Not Inscribed in the Book of Life

I began fasting for Yom Kippur at age eleven. Every year, no matter what, I abstained from food and water from sundown to sundown on the Jewish Day of Atonement. The High Holy Days begin with Rosh Hashanah – the Jewish New Year – and they culminate ten days later with Yom Kippur. Ever since... Read more »

Rosh Hashanah: Questioning faith and searching for answers

Rosh Hashanah and I have a complicated relationship.  To be honest, I struggle with the entirety of the High Holy Days, which is not common for a practicing Jew.  It hasn’t always been this way.  I can pinpoint exactly when I lost my faith, so to speak. It began in Rosh Hashanah of the Hebrew... Read more »

Chaos, Irreverence and Joy at the Children's Services on Rosh Hashanah

Chaos, Irreverence and Joy at the Children's Services on Rosh Hashanah
On Rosh Hashanah, there are numerous services to celebrate the Jewish New Year and to announce the High Holy Days that culminate with Yom Kippur.  Amidst the more solemn services for adults, our synagogue hosts two children’s services, both of which we attended today. We were one of the last families to arrive for the... Read more »
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