Jewish Holidays

Jewish Holidays


  Rosh Hashanah | Yom Kippur | Sukkot

Sukkot & Simchat Torah
October 17-26, 2005

Sukkot & Simchat Torah Basics
Introduction to the meaning, laws, customs, and more.

How to Wave the Lulav & Etrog
Overview of the motions and blessings.

From Fasting to Feasting
After cleansing our souls on Yom Kippur, Jews celebrate wholeness and spontaneity on the festival of Sukkot.
By Rabbi David Aaron

Heart of the Sukkah
My first Sukkah provided a place to mourn and to heal after the death of my son.
By Rodger Kamenetz

Feast Over Famine
The festival Sukkot shows Judaism's emphasis on enjoyment over asceticism.
By Rabbi Irving Greenberg

The Sukkah of Peace
A hope for using Sukkot as a time to build communication, not walls.
By Rodger Kamenetz

Simchat Torah: Love at First Sight
Ten years after converting to Judaism, I still find new reasons to love Torah.
By Mary Blye Howe

Yom Kippur
October 12-13, 2005

Going the Moral Distance
Yom Kippur is about building the moral stamina to sustain our compassion and go the moral distance in a world full of hurt, in need of healing.
By Rabbi David Wolpe

Yom Kippur: Fast Track to Forgiveness
Yom Kippur is the one day a year we can see the world from the perspective of the World to Come.
By Rabbi David Aaron

The Prayer in the Poem
What is a prayer if not a poem?
Both lead us to the places in our soul the High Holidays command us to examine.
By Janet R. Kirchheimer

Poems for a Time of Self-Reflection
By Janet R. Kirchheimer

Fun With Sin
Getting ready for Yom Kippur means teaching my kids about sin--and Christian movies.
By Steven Waldman

Our Defining Moments
Yom Kippur reminds us of the importance of our choices.
By Rabbi Avi Shafran

Atonement By Chicken
An ancient holiday ritual helps a woman who had abandoned religion reconnect with her past.
By Deborah Shouse

To Live and To Love
The lessons of Yom Kippur
By Rabbi David Wolpe

Attaining Divine Forgivness
Family rituals to make Yom Kippur more meaningful.
By Yosef I. Abramowitz

God as Loving Parent
A close look at the Al-Cheyt confessional prayer.

For the Mitzvah We Performed
In this prayer modeled on the Al-Cheyt, we celebrate our acts of kindness.
By Joseph Telushkin

All Vows Forgiven
With Kol Nidre coming, I can only focus on the vow left unfulfilled when my husband died
By Lisa Schamess

Should Children Fast?
High Holidays Q&A for families.

Rosh Hashanah
October 3-5, 2005

Preparing for the High Holidays
The month of Elul, the final month of the Jewish year, is a time to cultivate our spirituality and begin the work of self-examination that the Days of Awe demand.
By Mary Blye Howe

God's October Surprise
God has granted us a sacred convergence of holidays across faiths in 2005, creating an opportunity for reconciliation of all humankind and the earth itself.
By Rabbi Arthur Waskow

Blown Away By God's Presence
Rosh Hashanah, known as the Day of Judgment, is a time of accounting before God and remembrance of His commandments.
By Rabbi David Aaron

Go Ahead-Read that Book in Shul
Lose the guilt you felt for sneaking "forbidden" books into synagogue. There's a host of volumes besides the prayer book that can enliven you spiritually and deepen your understanding of the High Holidays' meaning.
By Sandee Brawarsky

The Birthday of the World
The High Holidays are the perfect time for thinking about renewal, but also for appreciating the wonders of creation--and our place in it.
By Jeff Mandell

The Shofar's Question
Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg explains that the shofar is a call to consider: What are we doing here?

A New Jewish School Year
Rosh Hashanah is the kickoff to a new project in my family--Hebrew homeschooling.
By Steven Waldman

Cantorial Stress Time
The overwhelming annual challenge— both spiritually and musically.

Time of Spiritual Emergency
The High Holiday season is an archetype of our lifetime journey of the soul. An interview with Rabbi Alan Lew, author of a new book about the High Holidays.

Celebrating in Oblivion
Why not knowing what's going on during Rosh Hashanah services makes me more Jewish.
By Jesse Oxfeld

Set a Vision for the New Year
Five ways to change your spiritual life, during the High Holidays and throughout the year.
By Melinda Ribner

Taking Stock of Our Souls
Rosh Hashanah allows us to transform our mourning into confidence in the future.
By Rabbi Daniel Kohn

Rosh Hashanah Humor
What type of bread for tashlich works best for YOUR sins?

Rebuilding in the New Year
A time to address the challenges of the next year, in both Israel and America.
By Rabbi Daniel S. Brenner

Rosh Hashanah Trivia Quiz
Test your knowledge of the holiday with this quiz. Warning: some of the questions are quite difficult.

The Chain of Tradition, Reversed
I made my parents more religious. Now for the next generation...
By Emily Bazelon

The 12 Days of Rosh Hashanah
A special way to prepare for the Jewish new year
By Rodger Kamenetz

Empty Pockets
What happened when I found myself in Italy for Rosh Hashanah
By Johanna Skilling

The Birthday of the World
Traditional and 'heretical' ways to celebrate Rosh Hashanah
By Yosef I. Abramowitz and
Rabbi Susan Silverman

Holidays and the Christian Spouse
Can a Protestant get warm, fuzzy feelings about the shofar?
By Jim Keen


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What Are the High Holidays?

Answering Your Kids' Questions

Modern Yom Kippur Confessional

Traditional Holiday Recipes

Related Links

Holiday Melody

How to Listen to the Shofar


Holiday Primers:
Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur
Sukkot and Simchat Torah

Family Questions
Helping your kids understand the holidays
By Rabbi Jane Rachel Litman

Plan Your High Holiday Menu: Traditional and Innovative Recipes

Links: General, Online Holiday Cards, Holiday Recipes

For Our Sins
Alternate liturgy to supplement the Yom Kippur confessional prayers

Jewish Identity Quiz

Judaism Basics Trivia Quiz


Hear the Shofar Blast

How to Listen to the Shofar

Traditional Yom Kippur Melody