Rosh Hashanah - Apples and Honey For A Sweet New Year
Shana Tovah 5778
Online Rosh Hashanah Services
Its amazing that today with just one click you can attend Rosh Hashana services. Maybe you are sick, or out of town, or just unable to attend High Holiday services, So if you are looking to live stream Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur services, look no further than these webcasts during the High Holidays:
Beth Israel of San Diego
B'nai Jeshurun - New York City
The Temple-Tifereth Israel - Beachwood, Ohio
A Sweet Year To Come
The Jewish New Year
The Jewish calendar is both solar and lunar, consisting of 12 months of either 29 or 30 days. The Jewish year (5777-5778, etc ) begins on Rosh Hashanah and ends just before the following Rosh Hashanah.
The coming new year is 5778 (2017-18)
Jewish Calendar dates for the first High Holiday:
Erev Rosh Hashana on the evening of Wednesday, September 20
It ends on the evening of Friday September 22
It is important to note that the Jewish calendar date begins at sundown of the night beforehand. Thus all holiday observances begin at sundown on the secular dates listed, with the following day being the first full day of the holiday. Jewish calendar dates conclude at nightfall.
The Month of Tishrei
The Jewish New Year
Rosh Hashanah occurs on the first and second days of the month of Tishrei. Literally Tishrei means to begin. And Rosh Hashanah means, literally, "head of the year" or "first of the year." So even though Tishrei is the 7th month on the Jewish calendar it marks the beginning of an agricultural year of farming and harvesting, while at the same time it also being the beginning of a new civil year which falls in the season Autumn. Rosh Hashanah also marks the beginning of the Ten Days of Repentance, which finish at the end of Yom Kippur.
I have always found it most interesting that Rosh Hashanah is commonly known as the Jewish New Year. Growing up this name always seemed somewhat deceptive to me, because there is little similarity between Rosh Hashanah, one of the holiest days of the year, for Jews and the American midnight drinking New Years bash and daytime football game.
On Rosh Hashanah
The Sounding of the Shofar
It is on this day that we celebrate the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve. It is a day of judgment and coronation and its central observance is the sounding of the shofar. It is the shofar, the rams horn that represents the blast of the trumpet. Altogether, it is customary to hear 100 shofar blasts including tekiot, shevarim and teruot.
Rosh HaShana Wishes
How Do We Observe Rosh HaShana
One of the most important aspects of the high holy days is that is a time to reflect on the past and look to the future. There is much to see in the symbols of the holiday as there is a dual emphasis on both happiness and humility. From the sounding of the shofar (made from the horn of a ram,) to the special foods we eat. We dip apples in honey for a sweet year and it is the only time of year that when we mold the traditional bead or as we call it "challah" into a circle, for this symbolizes the circle of life.
No work is permitted on Rosh Hashanah. Much of the day is spent in synagogue, where the regular daily liturgy is somewhat expanded. In fact, there is a special prayerbook called the machzor used for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur because of the extensive liturgical changes for these holidays.
"Hayom Harat Olam"
Through Teshuvah - return to the right path, working toward reconciliation, asking for forgiveness and granting it,
Through Tefilah - the deep connection with G-d with a open and humble heart and allowing some light to seep in
ThroughTzedakah - acts of fairness toward our fellow human beings devoting oneself to justice, dignity and peace in our world.
The Days of Awe
Days Of Awe - Yamim Noraim
The Days Of Remembrance
The High Holidays also known as the Days of Awe is the perfect time for us to look back at the past year, our deeds, our mistakes and our missed opportunities.
During this time the theme of the Days of Awe is that G-d in his bookkeeping writes our names. It is written that who will live and who will die, who will have a good life and who will have it bad. These books are written in on Rosh Hashana but we have 10 days to alter that decision. The actions that can change this decree are repentance, prayer and good deeds.
These books are sealed on Yom Kippur.
An so today is the birth of something completely new.
The Days Of Awe
Change and Balance
These questions can lead us to find balance, which is the act of thinking, analyzing, and drawing conclusions with regard to one’s own actions and those of a collective.
Without this act, there is no possibility for change, and change is a central concept of the Days of Awe.
Unetanah Tokef Prayer
The High Holy Days
We Take An Accounting of The Soul
Judaism has a term for true self contemplation: heshbon hanefesh. And so as the new year is about to begin we take an Accounting of the Soul.
Questions to ponder and ask ourselves are:
- Who am I?
- Have I let my insecurities, my self doubt stifle me?
- Where am I in my life?
- Have I become so hard that I am cold to the people around me?
- What relationships am I in that diminish my dignity?
- Have I let myself love?
- Have I let others love me?
- What pain have I caused?
- What potential do I have?
- Has my year been marked brokenness or wholeness?
- Do I live my life in distrust or faith?
This video clip, which was produced especially for the Jewish High Holidays, shows the IDF chief cantor and IDF soldiers singing the prayer "Unetanneh Tokef" in
A Rosh Hashanah Custom
On the first day of the 2 days that Rosh hashana is observed, Taslich is what many Jews practice. The Rosh Hashanah custom of Tashlich is first mentioned in the Book of the Prophet Nehemiah, where it is written: "All the Jews gathered as one in the street that is in front of the gate of water."
Tashlich, which literally means casting off. And so we walk to a body of flowing water and throw pieces of bread into the water. The bread is a symbolic representation of one's sins, and in essence what we are doing is casting off our sins in preparation for a more pure year to come.
It is preferable to do Taslich by a body of water that has fish.
The Symbollism of Taslich
In Jewish mysticism we read that the water corresponds to the attribute of kindness. On Rosh Hashanah, we beseech G-d to treat us with kindness during the new year.
We walk to a body of water that has fish. For it is preferable to do Tashlich by water that has fish, for fish are not subject to the “evil eye”. Also interesting to think how it is that fish do not have eyelids, and so their eyes are always open. This symbolizes that nothing can be hidden from G-d. And just as fish may be caught in a fisherman’s net, so, too, we are caught in the net of judgment. This awareness hopefully helps to awaken us to be the best we can be and ask for forgiveness for our failings.
Fish also symbolize our hope to be fruitful and multiply like they do.
We throw our sins to the water so that the evil eye shall not affect us, just as it cannot affect the fish that are hidden under the water and we can get courage and hope through faith in G-d, for just like the fish like G-d never sleeps.
A Sweet New Year Tradition
Apples Dipped in Honey
One of my favorite part of celebrating and observing Rosh Hashana is that we dip apples into honey. Jewish holidays are always full of symbolism and the apples and honey are a symbol of our wishes for a sweet new year. It's yummy tradition and we also dip bread in honey (instead of the usual practice of sprinkling salt on it) at this time of year for the same reason.
Jewish New Years Greeting
"Leshana tova tekatev v'etachetem- May you be inscribed for a good year!"
Rosh Hashana Greeting L'shanah tovah
"For A Good Year"
The traditional way to greet someone is This is a shortening of "L'shanah tovah tikatev v'taihatem" (or to women, "L'shanah tovah tikatevi v'taihatemi"), which means "May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year." More on that concept at Days of Awe.
High Holidays Schedule
- High Holidays Central Synagogue Live Stream Schedule
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- Live Streaming Worship at Central Synagogue
High Holiday worship online live from New York City Rosh HaShana Sunday October 2, 2016
- Rosh HaShana Prayer Book
To follow along with the live streaming Rosh HaShana service click here for a downloadable prayer book.
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One of my favorite Synagogues in New York CIty is Central Synagogue. When my daughter was 15 months old we participated in their Mommy and me program and I have always thought of this shul as a wonderful place to call home. Now living in Virginia, with one click I am back home and able to participate in the High Holidays. Interesting to note when you spend the high holidays streaming the services, year after year you will "meet" the same people (their is a side bar to chat during the services) as when others arrive you call out from where you are linking in from. Frankly I find it amazing that you can do this, let alone make new friends!
Anyway getting back to Central Synagogue it is important to note that this shul has been designated a New York City Landmark in 1966 and a National Historic Landmark in 1975, is the oldest synagogue in continuous use in New York City and one of the leading Reform congregations in the country.
92Y High Holiday
Live Streaming Schedule
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Sun, Oct 2, 6:30 pm
Mon, Oct 3, 10 am
Tue, Oct 4, 10 am
Tue, Oct 11, 6:30 pm
Wed, Oct 12, 10 am and 5:30 pm
92Y High Holiday
Reform Live Streamed Services
If you are looking to live stream the High Holy Day services, worshiping at the 92Y is a unique and meaningful experience and all are invited to join. Whether you are in New York City or watching on your computer across the world, turn your laptop, phone or tablet into a wonderful sanctuary.
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Rosh Hashana Guide
Rosh Hashana Services
- Congregation Beth Adam located in Ohio, Beth Adam is a spiritual home, a meaningful voice, and a humanistic resource for people worldwide, seeking a contemporary Jewish identity and experience. A synagogue that is home to a historic Holocaust Torah. The congregation is proud to have such a Torah and gives it a place of honor in its sanctuary. This Torah is read from on High Holidays and at Bar/Bat Mitzvah Ceremonies.
Click here for Beth Adam's live streamed High Holiday services from their sanctuary. All services are free and do not require a password.
- Yom Kippur - The Day We Atone
The Day of Atonement is a day to practice self-denial, which is executed through fasting. The High Holy days begin with Rosh HaShanah and ends with Yom Kippur. .
High Holiday Services
Live Streaming Times for 2016:
- Rosh Hashanah Evening: 8:15 PM EST Sunday, October 2
- Rosh Hashanah Morning: 10:30 AM EST Monday, October 3
- Rosh Hashanah Children’s Service: 1:30 PM EST Monday, October 3
- Yom Kippur Evening (Kol Nidrei): 8:15 PM EST Tuesday, October 11
- Yom Kippur Morning: 10:30 AM EST Wednesday, October 12
- Yom Kippur Children’s: 1:30 PM EST Wednesday, October 12
- Yom Kippur Memorial Service: 3:30 PM EST Wednesday, October 12