Rosh Hashanah

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Our Human Mission to Redeem History

The Jewish New Year calls us to assess our lives, acknowledge damage done, and begin to rebuild.

Jewish High Holy Days Explained

All you need to know about the upcoming Jewish holidays so you can holler “L’shanah tovah!” without looking like a shmendrick.

The Bible’s Solution to Our Debt Problem

A rabbi shows how in the Bible, the moral responsibility of debt falls on the creditor, not the borrower.

Is it funny to be Jewish? Is it Jewish to be funny?

Sept. 4, 2013Communal Tallits are laid in the lobby for visitors to the Adas Israel Congregation in Washington, D.C. The … Continued

A Jewish call for justice for prisoners in solitary

(Matt York/AP) For many of us in the Jewish community, the long-awaited breaking of the Yom Kippur fast signals the … Continued

On Yom Kippur, praying mightily for Syria

A Free Syrian Army fighter mourns at the grave of his father, who was killed by what activists said was … Continued

The Days of Awe and the years of horror

Sept. 3, 2013A worker removes notes from the cracks of the Western Wall. Workers cleaned out the cracks Sunday and … Continued

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High holidays for Jewish atheists

I commemorate this time of year partly due to my Jewish tradition, but also because I want to help change that tradition into a more godless one.

President Obama: Raoul Wallenberg should inspire us to make a habit of empathy

QUOTE OF THE DAY | President Barack Obama on making the choice to embrace empathy and compassion in his Rosh … Continued

A Rosh Hashanah call for peace in the Holy Land

The shofar, a ram’s horn, is blown as part of the Rosh Hashanah ritual. (AP) Each year as the Jewish … Continued

Rosh Hashanah and the Truth About the Creation Story

Imagine taking two days a year and devoting them to the celebration of inter-connectedness and inter-dependence.

Yom Kippur in Israel: Immense quiet

Oded Balilty AP An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man holds a chicken during the Kaparot ritual, in which it is believed that … Continued

Rosh Hashanah: The start of a new year for humankind as a whole

REUTERS Jewish worshippers pray at the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest prayer site, in Jerusalem’s Old City Sept. 16, 2012, ahead … Continued

Shining a light in Odessa

As a child, one of my favorite pleasures each week was going to synagogue with my parents. At the end … Continued

Here’s a look at what you should know about the Jewish New Year.

Forgiving Todd Akin

AP Todd Akin speaks in Jefferson City, Mo., on Aug. 10. Missouri Rep. Todd Akin has vowed to stay in … Continued

On campus, a move to end religious holidays

Every year it’s the same story: Another person, group, or institution attacks the observance of religious holidays in the name … Continued

Rosh Hashanah, a Check-Up For the Soul

One of four new years, Rosh Hashanah is the biggie — when we ask for forgiveness and start the next year with a clean slate.

Rosh Hashanah Etiquette Guide

Congress closes. Some schools close. Jewish friends are nicer than usual. What’s going on here?

God and the old Brooklyn Dodgers

Morry Gash AP Los Angeles Dodgers’ Rod Barajas scores from second on a hit by Jamey Carroll during the seventh … Continued