September 15, 1993 |
Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, begins tonight at sunset. And for most Jews, this year is the newest of new years. No longer are Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization the bitterest of enemies. No longer are they refusing to talk to each other. Year 5754 on the Jewish calendar has brought an historic accord between them. Israel and the PLO officially recognized each other in a White House ceremony Monday. The accord is a first step in what many hope will lead to resolution of long-intractable differences over land and leadership.
September 13, 2012 |
Laura Frankel thinks about Rosh Hashanah in simple terms: "A time for Mom to shine. " That's because the Jewish new year, which is the first high holy day to occur each autumn, usually isn't celebrated with the sort of big gathering you might have for a Passover seder, but rather a smaller, more contemplative meal with close family, says Frankel, the chef at Spertus, a Jewish culture center in Chicago. And though there are some traditional symbolic foods included - such as a big round challah loaf to represent the continuing cycle of life, and apples dipped in honey to start off the new year on a sweet note - Frankel says the meal most often is built around one of mom's comfort meals, such as a brisket or roast chicken.
September 6, 2007 |
Rosh Hashanah, Jewish New Year and the first post-summer holiday, is just a week away. It's time to hone your easy-entertaining skills, to prepare for the coming season of hosting and attending holiday dinners and parties. The goal is to simplify, delegate, plan ahead. Or, in simplest terms, help the host - especially when the host is you. That could mean supplementing your culinary efforts with the best takeout fare in town. Or hiring a caterer. It should entail expanding your repertoire of quick-and-easy recipes (a few of which follow)
September 13, 1996 |
On Sunday afternoon, as this weekend's observance of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, is ending, members of Temple Beth Zion Beth Israel will meet at the Walnut Street Bridge and descend a staircase to the Schuylkill, bread crumbs in their hands. In Mount Airy, members of the P'Nai Or Jewish Renewal community will walk solemnly to the banks of Wissahickon Creek, then reach into pockets and handbags for scraps of lint or dust. Other Jews will walk to stream banks, ponds, even the beach at Atlantic City to toss bread upon the waters.
September 30, 2000 |
As Rabbi Fred Neulander considers his sins during these High Holy days, his attorneys are making moves to free him from jail and move his murder trial away from Camden. Rosh Hashanah, an introspective time when Jews begin their new year, began at sundown yesterday. Neulander observed the holiday from behind bars. "He says this is the roughest it's been," attorney Dennis Wixted said. "He's focusing on his sins and his need for repentance. Unfortunately, the things he's in there for are not the things he needs to repent for. " Prosecutors and two confessed hit men contend the rabbi set up the November 1994 beating death of his wife, Carol, in their Cherry Hill home.
September 21, 2006 |
This year, after returning from a recent trip to Israel, my celebration of Rosh Hashanah will be bittersweet. As I prepare the New Year meal for my family, my heart will be with the people I met in Jerusalem: with one woman who evacuated her home because Katyusha rockets were landing so close; with one 13-year-old boy who fled Haifa with his family just a few hours before his bar mitzvah. So I decided to honor those people I met, by incorporating some of their traditions and recipes into my own family celebration.
September 12, 2007 |
Rabbi Jerome David sat at the edge of Pleasant Bay on Cape Cod's elbow a few weeks ago and thought hard about his Rosh Hashanah sermon. He mused over what he would say to his congregation at Temple Emanuel, back in Cherry Hill, pondering the wisdom he could extract from all the reading and interviewing he had already done. Preaching at Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is one of the most challenging assignments in the rabbi's calendar, and tonight David's congregation will hear the results of his research and reflection.
September 29, 2000 |
Seems like this would be the beginning of a particularly important holy season for Jewish people: Not only is tonight the beginning of Rosh Hashanah, but a presidential election - featuring a devout Jew - looms a little more than a month away. Not so, say rabbis throughout the city. They are planning a traditional Rosh Hashanah, the introspective beginning to the High Holidays and a new year, with little or no thought being given to politics and the election. "Why concentrate on anything but religious aspects of those three days?"
September 6, 2002 |
Last year, as we gathered for Rosh Hashanah, one thought upstaged all the others: Michael is fine. Our cheerful, rosy-cheeked, funny son-in-law managed to get out of the area near the World Trade Center and had come home unscathed to our daughter and their two young sons. Immediately there was that intensely personal, almost selfish, relief. We were fine. But after a year of processing, we realize that we are not fine. In fact, another son-in-law, a psychiatrist, might say we're in denial, daily trying to escape our lingering dark thoughts.
September 20, 1995 |
At sundown on Sunday evening, Jews around the world will gather in their homes and synagogues to celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. Rosh Hashanah - this year it's 5756 - celebrates the creation of the universe, and custom demands that Jews eat sweet foods to guarantee a sweet new year. Rosh Hashanah marks the beginning of the High Holy Days, or Ten Days of Awe, culminating in Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. On this day, each Jew fasts for 24 hours, asks for forgiveness and reflects on the past year.