The Meaning of the Shofar

Sep 23, 2013  |  By Arik Barel

The blowing of the shofar is the highlight of the Rosh Hashanah service, stemming from a verse in Leviticus 25:9: “Then you shall sound the horn loud; in the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, the Day of Atonement, you shall have the horn sounded throughout your land.” But why? The Torah does not give us a reason. Nevertheless, the great 10th century sage, R. Saadia Gaon, […]

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Customs of the Rosh Hashanah Meals

Aug 27, 2013  |  By Arik Barel

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, like many Jewish holidays, includes its share of festive meals. These foods symbolize sweetness, blessings, and abundance, and are eaten as “good omens,” whose names themselves often suggest good things for the coming year. Let’s take a look: Honey On Rosh Hashanah we dip the challah in honey and afterwards, on the first night, we eat a piece of apple also dipped in honey […]

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The Essence of Rosh Hashanah

Aug 25, 2013  |  By Arik Barel

Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year, observed for 2 days beginning the first of the month of Tishrei of the Hebrew calendar. That much we know, but why all the hours in synagogue, why the shofar, why the festive meals? What’s the connection between them? Let’s try to understand what this day is all about. The Origin of Rosh Hashanah Rosh Hashanah commemorates, according to the Jewish calendar, the […]

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