What is Rosh Hashanah?
( September 18-20, 2020 | September 6-8, 2021 )

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A Sweet Treat for the Holidays

With a sugary, crunchy topping, this noodle kugel could be a dessert as well as a side dish

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Up Your Couscous Game

This Tunisian fish dish is perfect for Rosh Hashanah, or any dinner party

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Not Quite My Great-Grandmother’s Apple Cake

When I tried making a treasured family recipe, I decided it needed some revisions. This Rosh Hashanah, I’ll honor my great-grandmother by updating her recipe.

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How To Make a Rosh Hashanah Dessert That’s Not Just Apples and Honey

Video: Use a different ‘new fruit’ and try this Italian plum tart

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A Honey Like No Other

Try Greek thyme honey—dip your apples in it, or make a special baklava—for a truly sweet new year

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How To Bake the Ultimate Challah—for Rosh Hashanah or Anytime

Video: A round loaf of bread is a traditional part of a menu for the Jewish New Year, but you should still braid the dough

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The Apology Episode, 5780

Ep. 197: Starting the new year with stories of apology, forgiveness, and reckoning, featuring Rabbi Angela Warnick Buchdahl, Neshama Carlebach, Marjorie Ingall, Lauren Mechling, Emily Stone, and our listeners

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Why I Stopped Saying the Unetaneh Tokef, and Why I’m Ready To Say It Again

After my mother died, I couldn’t recite the High Holiday prayer anymore—until I gained a new understanding of its words

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Weighing the Costs and Benefits of Opportunities in the New Year

How an economics professor and an 18th-century rabbi helped me make better choices

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Learning About the Birds and the Bees—and the Jews—on Rosh Hashanah

The value of Jewish laws regulating sex is evident in the honeybees that produce the honey we use to sweeten our new year

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Make Some Noise in Synagogue

Prayer shouldn’t be a spectator sport. So why do so many shuls insist that congregants sit in silence?

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High Holiday Services Are Boring. Here’s How We Can Fix Them.

Rabbis and congregants alike have made synagogue dull. But together we can make it more meaningful and more compelling.

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Dear God: a Rosh Hashanah Special

The Jewish New Year is cleanup time—even at the Kotel

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Rosh Hashanah Behind Bars

What I learned leading High Holiday services at Rikers Island

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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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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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My Education

What I learned about myself and my family by leading High Holiday services at UCLA

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Holy Rollin’

From the archives: An illustrated remembrance of High Holidays past