Rosh Hashanah

All About That... Rosh Hashana!

September 24, 2014
In this clip, Matthew Rissien performs a new year version of All About That Bass, by Meghan Trainor.

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The shofar's many voices

By Rabbi David Lister, September 18, 2014

Rosh Hashanah is almost upon us. 5774 has been a difficult year, riven by conflict and cacophonous with lies, half-truths and hostility. Like many others, the Jewish people are desperate to draw a line under the past and make a new start.

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What the shofar's wordless cry tells us

By Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg, September 18, 2014

At the heart of the Rosh Hashanah service is a cry with no words. It isn't even a human cry, but the strangely evocative sound made by directing the breath through the hollowed-out horn of a ram. Scripture provides no reason for blowing the shofar on the New Year; it doesn't even name it as the instrument to be used on what it tersely describes as Yom Teruah, "a day of sounding the horn".

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It's not an entirely new year

By Simon Round, September 18, 2014

You've probably stocked up on apples and honey but have you given any thought to what new year we are entering? If not, I can tell you that, as of next week, we will be in 5775. And, for the second time in my life we have hit the mid-70s.

The world is totally different to the one 39 years ago, in which I was attending my first year of secondary school.

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My secular Rosh Hashanah

By Felix Posen, September 18, 2014

It is a question I am asked at least once a year. Why do I, a secular Jew, attend a Rosh Hashanah service? At a Conservative shul, no less.

Having been brought up in an Orthodox German community as a young refugee from Germany in New York City I, of course, attended shul every Shabbat and on all yomtovim.

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Winchester campaigners lobby for place in history

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 28, 2014

A newly formed group of academics and local Jews is campaigning to highlight the neglected Jewish history of Winchester.
The group was formed following concerns that there was no official mention of what was one of England's most important medieval communities prior to the expulsion in 1290.

Until that point, the Winchester community was prominent - there was a Jewry Street in the city and a J

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Maybe Buddhism gets it...

By David Robson, September 27, 2013

In her very enjoyable biography, published this week, the actress Rula Lenska talks about her adherence to a Japanese form of Buddhism where if you want or need something to happen you chant for it and it often comes to pass. How well the want-chant success rate stands up to statistical examination I cannot say. What I do know is that it’s very different from the Jewish way.

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Iran’s New Year charm offensive litters Twitter

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 12, 2013

The Iranian charm offensive that began with the election of Hassan Rouhani as president three months ago took a bizarre twist last week with a series of Rosh Hashanah greetings tweeted by the new president and his foreign minister. Meanwhile, diplomats are preparing new rounds of nuclear talks.

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