Rosh Hashanah

Rabbis: Uman a bad habit

By Nathan Jeffay, September 22, 2011

For most British Jews, Rosh Hashanah is the ultimate family time, but every year tens of thousands of Israeli men leave their families for the festival.


Pivots and change

September 22, 2011

As we approach Rosh Hashanah, our thoughts naturally turn to the year gone by and the possibilities that lie ahead. The chagim are a pivotal annual moment.

Not that the Middle East needs any more pivotal moments. Whatever the eventual outcome of the Palestinian bid for statehood at the UN, what the region needs more than anything is stability and liberty.

Stability is one thing.


Freshen up your festival

September 22, 2011

● Stand by a river:

The tradition of reciting the Tashlich prayer by a flowing stream on the afternoon of Rosh Hashanah seems to stem from the 15th century (see the New Koren Sacks Machzor p.927; Artscroll p.630). But it is not really about throwing away your sins.


At Rosh Hashanah we get a second bite of the apple

By Rabbi Dr Raphael Zarum, September 22, 2011

The most astute description of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur I ever read came from an essay by a non-Jewish student on a basic Judaism course. The teacher had spent much time explaining the customs and traditions of these Yamim Noraim, these "Days of Awe", but the student had heard and understood something else.


Ed Miliband on Rosh Hashanah anniversary

By Jennifer Lipman, September 21, 2011

The Labour leader has taken time out of his preparations for next week's party conference to extend his good wishes to the British Jewish community on the New Year.

Ed Miliband, who won the contest to succeed Gordon Brown on Rosh Hashanah last year, said he hoped the year ahead would be "filled with peace, happiness and success and may your families be healthy and happy".


How Rosh Hashanah influences the stock market

By Anna Sheinman, September 20, 2011

Researchers have discovered that Jews control the stock markets – for two days of every year.

A new study by academics at Nova Southeastern University in Florida shows that Rosh Hashanah has an impact on the stock market.


Peres: New Year is time to 'seize window of opportunity'

By Jennifer Lipman, September 20, 2011

Shimon Peres has highlighted the "dramatic changes" in the Middle East in the last year and expressed hope of opportunities for a better future in the new one.


Cameron's Jewish roots inform New Year message

By Jennifer Lipman, September 16, 2011

The Prime Minister has expressed his wish that the British Jewish community have a "happy and peaceful Rosh Hashanah" and vowed to defend Israel against its enemies.

David Cameron said he wanted to "pay tribute to the tremendous contribution your community has made to this country and continues to make each year".


Recipe: Chocolate apple cake

By Denise Phillips, September 16, 2011

Every Rosh Hashanah, I create a variation on the traditional apple cake. This one has become a family favourite, whether for dessert or for tea. It freezes beautifully, but make sure to freeze it un-iced and add the topping after defrosting.

Serves: 8. Preparation time: 15 minutes. Cooking time: 1 hour plus 30 minutes to cool.



A Rosh Hashanah Rock Anthem

By Jennifer Lipman, September 13, 2011

A festive tune from Aish for the Jewish New Year.