Rosh Hashanah

Positive thinking for Rosh Hashanah

By Simon Rocker, September 13, 2012

It is not always easy to get in the mood for Rosh Hashanah. The sound of the shofar piercing the hush of the congregation may stir something deep within us: or we may be roused by a haunting melody from the choir. But the liturgy can seem long and difficult and ultimately leave us struggling to find the high in the High Holy Days.

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Light and moist honey cake

By Roy Levy, September 13, 2012

Makes 2 loaf cakes

INGREDIENTS
For the cake:
250g salted butter at room temperature
125g caster sugar
3 large eggs at room temperature, lightly beaten
275g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp baking soda
125g sour cream
125g runny honey

For the syrup
110g honey
40ml water

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Why Yom Tov need not ruin your Freshers' Week

By Jennifer Lipman, September 13, 2012

It didn’t bode well. We pulled up at the entrance to my university accommodation about seven hours after everyone else.

The reason? Rosh Hashanah, which that year unfortunately coincided with the first day of my Freshers’ Week.

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The great New Year bake-off

By Anthea Gerrie, September 13, 2012

Every September since Israeli cake maestro Roy Levy was lured to Britain by the Gail’s bakery empire, he finds himself in demand.

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Sweet New Year messages from Britain's political parties

September 13, 2012

Leaders of Britain’s three main political parties have sent Rosh Hashanah greetings to the Jewish community.

Prime Minister David Cameron said: “It is my hope that the new year is one which brings us closer to lasting peace for Israel and the wider region.

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A Rosh Hashanah Robot New Year

By Jennifer Lipman, September 12, 2012

A "Hip Hop Dance Party" Shana Tova from those clever folk at Technion Israel.

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Rosh Hashana wishes from London Mayor Boris Johnson

By Sandy Rashty, September 12, 2012

The Mayor of London has released a special New Year message to the members of the Jewish community.

Boris Johnson thanked the community for playing “an active and important role in ensuring that London has shone like never before over the past year.

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Rosh Hashanah and the street shofar

By Jennifer Lipman, September 10, 2012

The adventures of one man and his shofar around Los Angeles

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Sending Rosh Hashanah Cards

By Rabbi Julian Sinclair, September 7, 2012

Sending Rosh Hashanah cards is a much-loved custom that crosses religious-secular lines. The first cards that we know of were sent in 14th century Germany. The custom really took off in Eastern Europe and the United States with the development of the postage stamp there around 1860-70.

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Granny Smith's Melting Fruity Roast

By Sharon Lurie, September 6, 2012

This is dedicated to my grandmother, Gracie Smith, aka Granny Smith. Rosh Hashanah is apple and honey time and I couldn’t think of a better time to dedicate a recipe to such a sweet person. She loved singing (a soprano, at that), especially for her guests after supper. She may not have had the vocals of Sarah Brightman, but she had a full house whenever she could.

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