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I can only get off one day of work for Rosh Hashanah. Which day do I take?

Rabbi Shlomo Chein: Welcome. I'll be with you in a moment...what's on your mind?Bernice: I can only get off one day of work for the new year. Which...

If the righteous are annually inscribed in the Book of Life, how do they die?

Rabbi Shlomo Chein: Welcome. I'll be with you in a moment...what's on your mind? Ofnat: I have a rosh hashanah question Rabbi Shlomo Chein:...

Why do we say, "be inscribed and sealed for a good year"?

The traditional blessing to be inscribed and sealed for good in the book of life follows the general paradigm of Rosh Hashanah being the Day of Judgment,...

What is the significance of Rosh Hashanah also being Rosh Chodesh?

The term “rosh” means “head.” When we refer to Rosh Chodesh, we are referring to the head of the new month. Likewise, when we...

What does it mean that Rosh Hashanah is the Day of Judgment?

Rosh Hashanah is the day we are judged for the new year. This is learned from the Torah verse (Deuteronomy 11:12) which states that the...

What does Rosh Hashanah commemorate?

1. Rosh Hashanah is the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve over 5700 years ago, on the 6th day of Creation1 . On this day, for the very first...

The Secret of a Twice-a-year Jew

There is a very good reason most Jews only go to temple twice a year. We go to a holy place, we go during a holy day, but we don’t necessarily...

Why don’t we have happy new-year parties on Rosh Hashanah?

New Year’s parties are typified by frivolous and often wild events with lots of alcohol and reckless hilarity. Even if some people use this day for...

Why is the first day of the year correspondent to the sixth day of creation?

In the Rosh Hashanah prayers, Rosh Hashanah is called the “day of the beginning of Your (G-d's) work.” This would seem to mean that Rosh...

What does the name “Rosh Hashanah” teach us?

The words “Rosh Hashanah” literally translate as “HEAD of the year.” Calling the first day of the year a name like “First of...