Rosh Hashanah

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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Politicians and faith leaders wish community Shana Tova

By Marcus Dysch, September 4, 2013

Politicians, religious leaders and public figures have issued Rosh Hashanah greetings to the Jewish community.

In a video message from Downing Street, Prime Minister David Cameron said the beginning of the Jewish year 5774 was a time for “millions around the world to reflect on the past 12 months”.

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The real recipe for a sweet New Year

By Tracy-Ann Oberman, September 4, 2013

I’m back from filming in Lisbon, Manchester and the Cotswolds while also managing to party in Spain and Venice with family and friends.

It’s been a truly great summer, with too much alcohol and late nights in the bag. So it feels fitting that the time has come to return to Good Old Blighty and face a spot of redemptive praying on the Days Of Awe.

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A Rosh Hashanah reflection from new Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis

By Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, September 4, 2013

In my installation address earlier this week, I highlighted the importance of ahavat chinam, the natural, unquestioning love that we should have for others. We sometimes take this idea for granted, not fully appreciating just how tough a challenge it really is, but also how significant an impact it can have.

Even a broken clock tells the right time twice a day.

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The shofar, the horn of plenty

By Josh Jackman, September 3, 2013

We all know the routine. As the ordered blasts — Tekiah! Shevarim! Teruah! — come in quick succession, the congregation holds its breath in anticipation of the dramatic climax. Finally, the longest note of all: Tekiah Gedolah!

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Remember the Maccabees on Rosh Hashanah

By Mordechai Beck, September 3, 2013

Rosh Hashanah means, literally, the Head of the Year, an idiomatic way of saying in Hebrew the beginning of a new year. The element of doubt in this idiom comes from the fact that the Mishnah devoted to Rosh Hashanah identifies four “heads of the year”.

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