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Rosh Hashanah in Zion

After I left the Orthodox world—and my marriage—I found a new place to observe the Jewish New Year: on a different kind of path

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Embracing Aristotle at Yom Kippur

When we recite Unetaneh Tokef at High Holiday services, we take a lesson from the ancient Greeks about what to do when life gives us lemons

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Leaving the Nest

It’s not easy for a parent to let a child go. A lesson I learned at Yom Kippur services made it just a bit easier.

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The Jews You’ve Never Heard Of

In the Bay Area, Karaite Jews struggle to build a future in America

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The Bottle Episode

Welcoming the Jewish New Year with stories about new beginnings from our hosts

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The Season of Prayer, Repentance, and Psychotherapy

During the High Holidays, many Jews turn to their rabbis with questions about God. But others seek their answers on the couch.

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It Smokes a Man

New translations of works by the Polish-born modernist Yiddish poet Yitskhok Berliner, whose life in Mexico made him a special kind of mestizo

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School’s Out—But Why?

Our public schools have few Jews left. We should let everyone go to school on Jewish holidays.

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Grave Situation

My father shares the family plot at the cemetery with my mother—and with his second wife, who broke up our family

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Only Adolescents Question God’s Existence

The yes or the no of it: What does it matter?

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Giants’ Geoff Schwartz to Play on Rosh Hashanah

Despite request, NFL schedules opener after start of the High Holiday

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Is There a Biblical Sperm Donor in the Rosh Hashanah Haftorah?

Hannah visited the high priest before conceiving Samuel. What happened?

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A Jew by Rosh Hashanah

For a convert to Judaism, the Days of Awe mark a renewed commitment—this year more than ever

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Letter-Writing Program Helps Jewish Prisoners Find Hope Behind Bars

My mother has corresponded with inmates for years, offering a sense of community—especially during the High Holidays

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Sneaking a Peek at Poetry on the High Holidays

Just because you’re in synagogue doesn’t mean you have to read what’s in the prayer book

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The Road to the New Jerusalem, Part 2

If Israel and the Holocaust are most Jews’ points of identification, which holidays are really the High Holidays?

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Drew Barrymore Loves Rosh Hashanah

The actress also enjoys challah, french fries, and gardens

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When Rosh Hashanah and Fashion Week Collide

This year, Jewish fashion industry insiders have to choose: shul or runway

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Need a Reason to Repent? The Answer—No Matter Who You Are—Can Be Found Here

The poem ‘Unetaneh Tokef’ reminds us that we can change our own character, even if we cannot completely control our future

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Shanah Tova From Donald Fagen

The genius of Steely Dan talks blacks, Jews, and Lenny Bruce—and his new record, Sunken Condos

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How I Learned To Drink

Long before I discovered Bloody Marys and martinis, I loved Manischewitz Concord grape wine

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Finding My Spiritual Safety Net in Synagogue

I led Rosh Hashanah services while awaiting my mom’s diagnosis and was reborn before the congregation

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Overtime

The second day of some Jewish holidays is mandated by rabbinic tradition, not Torah law. In today’s world, they’re increasingly hard to observe.

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Reprise

My father would chant Torah on Rosh Hashanah’s second day—the binding of Isaac. The holiday reminds me of him and his beloved Mahler symphonies.

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Talking Points

After the Arab Spring, a summer of Israeli protests, and the Palestinian bid for statehood, what will rabbis say in their High Holiday sermons?

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Holiday in the Hinterland

Once home to Jewish immigrants, a South African city today hosts a very different sort of Jewish practice

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Parts of the Whole

In the reflective period of the High Holidays, Tablet Magazine—together with rabbis and writers—considers the debate over Jewish identity and makes an argument for inclusiveness

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After the Exodus

Rosh Hashanah in New Orleans, five years after Hurricane Katrina

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Bound for Glory

The Israel Museum unveils a restored mahzor from 1331

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An Old-Time New Year in N.H.

Historical reenactors make a 1919 Rosh Hashanah

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