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Tashlich: Ritual Outside the Synagogue

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur finds many of us sitting in the Synagogue for quite some time. It can be a trying experience. Even if you've learned to...

Is there a prayer to be said when we dip the apple in the honey?

Before eating the apple dipped in honey on the first night of Rosh Hashanah we recite the following: Blessing for fruit: Baruch atta Ado-noy...

Why do we eat "new fruit" on the second night of Rosh Hashanah?

Biblically speaking Rosh Hashanah is just one day. For thousands of years, however, Rosh Hashanah has been, and continues to...

What blessing is recited when lighting the High Holiday candles?

Rosh Hashanah: On Rosh Hashanah we recite the following: Baruch atta Ado-noy Elo-hai-nu Melech ha'olam asher kid-e-sha-nu b'mitz-vo-tav v'tzi-vanu...

How is Rosh Hashanah celebrated?

Shofar The unique 'call of the day' for Rosh Hashanah is the Biblical commandment1 to hear the sound of the Shofar. The Shofar is sounded...

Is it permitted to carry outdoors or cook on Rosh Hashanah?

Rosh Hashanah is governed by the same set of rules as all other major Jewish holidays of Biblical origin (with the exception of Yom Kippur which has its...

What is Tashlich?

Tashlich comes from the Hebrew word meaning ‘to cast,’ referring to the intent to (symbolically) cast away our sins via this...

What does "Shanah Tovah" mean?

A good year, or have a good year.

Are there any special foods for Rosh Hashanah?

It seems that almost every Jewish holiday has its special foods and Rosh Hashanah is no exception. In fact, it actually has more special foods than any...

Isn't it naive to believe we can throw away our sins in the water?

The traditional Tashlich ceremony, in which we go to a body of water and beseech G-d to forgive us for our transgressions, is based on a verse from...