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rosh hashanah


The Dazzling Way Your Cantor Prays for Competence on the High Holidays

By On September 20, 2017

It’s hard out there for a cantor. On any regular week you have to lead a congregation in prayers, hopefully with a nice voice and a pleasing style. And if that pressure… Read More


Tell Your Dog: It’s Jewish Animal New Year Time!

By On September 14, 2017

Most Jews will tell you that other than Rosh Hashanah, the Hebrew month of Elul isn’t terribly notable. It’s just the time to make High Holiday plans—right? According to the Mishna, though,… Read More


The Rosh Hashanah Sephardic Seder

By On September 30, 2016

Pop quiz: How many seders are in the Jewish year? If you said “one,” sorry, but we have to send you back to Hebrew school. Though it’s relatively unknown to the Ashkenazim… Read More


How Christians Celebrate Rosh Hashanah

By On September 10, 2015

This Rosh Hashanah, if you find yourself celebrating the Feast of Trumpets, you may be in the wrong building. Certain Christian sects—Assemblies of Yahweh, Messianic Judaism, and others—like to celebrate Rosh Hashanah,… Read More


Ukraine’s Massive Hasidic Rosh Hashanah Party

By On September 7, 2015

  Picture this: thousands and thousands of Hasidim, dressed in flowing white, singing and dancing through the streets of Uman, Ukraine, on their way to the river for the ritual of Tashlikh.… Read More

The First Jewish Postage Stamp

Celebrating Hanukkah, USPS-Style

By On September 30, 2014

  You’ve recited selichot. You’ve blown the shofar. You’re doing your teshuvah. All that’s left is to get your final Jewish New Year card into the mail before you have to repent for missing the season. But which stamps… Read More


Not New Year’s for Jews!

By On December 31, 2013

According to the Jewish calendar, nothing happens tonight at midnight. It is 5774 now, and it will be 5774 tomorrow. You probably think that’s because Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish new year. And it is—one of… Read More


Happy Rosh Hashanah–See You Monday

By On September 4, 2013

Rosh Hashanah 2013 begins tonight at sunset and ends on the evening of September 6th. The Jewniverse will be dipping apples in honey, listening to some shofar blowing, accounting for the past year,… Read More


The Shofar’s Explosive Brethren

By On September 4, 2013

With the season of shofar-blowing upon us, it’s once again time to press our lips to the curling ram’s horn and attempt to not make an incredibly embarrassing sound in front of the entire congregation. You… Read More


Breadcrumbs of the Past

By On February 6, 2012

Until recently, Bram Presser was known as the lead singer of YidCore, a Jewish punk band that played loud, fast versions of songs such as “If I Was a Rich Man” and “Wind Beneath… Read More


After Tishrei, Now What?

By On October 27, 2011

The month of Tishrei, during which Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and Sukkot all take place, might be the most well-known month of the Jewish year. The month immediately following it, Cheshvan, might be the least publicized. Cheshvan has earned its… Read More


Question Everything

By On September 28, 2011

Do you remember what you were thinking about last year around the High Holidays? Have you made good on your resolutions from years past? A project called 10Q offers a new way to stay accountable. It… Read More