What is Rosh Hashanah?
( September 29-October 1, 2019 | September 18-20, 2020 )

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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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Comparing Apples to Apples

Dipping apples in honey for Rosh Hashanah? Here’s a guide to picking the best ingredients for a 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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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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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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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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Recycling Time

Rosh Hashanah, a reminder of the cyclical nature of Jewish life, provides good lessons for parenting

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The Son, the King, and the Corrupt Torah

A little-known parable from 1930 gives us a new way of hearing the shofar

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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