jewish new year
God is ready to turn the page on a New Year, not just for the Jews, who are ushering in the year 5777. This New Year is for all of us, every faith, every culture, every person. God knows we all need a New Year, as this one was so full, too full, of name-calling and violence and despair.
It's the beginning of the new year for Jews around the world, and the closing of a chapter for President Obama.
Days of Awe by Lauren Fox In one eventful year, Isabel Moore's husband left, her 10-year-old daughter became a moody tween
The High Holy Days are a good time to renew your commitment to social justice.
The High Holy Days begin!
An apocalyptic event may soon be happening in our world and affecting our lives, now and into the future.
This year includes an alignment at mid-September of the main holy days in the Jewish and Islamic calendars. At sundown on September 13, Jews observed the first of their High Holy Days, and their recognized commencement of the new year, Rosh Hashanah.
Dipping an apple in honey is the most popular in a series of simanim, symbolic foods, associated with the Rosh Hashanah feast. The custom is even recorded as far back as the Talmud. There are many other simanim, some simple and some exotic, that vary by community.
In geek-speak, the records and rankings that are endlessly discussed on opinion pages and cable TV are not robust to arbitrary decisions, but the long term trend is. Perhaps reporters and bloggers should stop making a big fuss out of meaningless statistics and focus on what really matters: the trend.
In the span of the last three weeks, my life has undergone a seismic change. My oldest went off to college two weeks ago and my youngest entered nursery today. Labor room to dorm room, that's how fast it all seems to have gone by. I'm trying to absorb it all.
The Jewish festivals are more than food and family gatherings. They are both spiritually profound, and more relevant to our lives today than most people realize.
I climbed into the ambulance behind the stretcher and thought: Oh, God; today is the day I am going to become a widow. My husband had collapsed at work. His consciousness and cognition were scrambled. He didn't know where he was and could not identify the year.
Maybe it means if you let something sit long enough unattended it will morph into something you don't even recognize anymore