JHOM - Tishrei
 Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah basics

"May it be your will": Blessings for special Rosh Hashanah foods

The day of the concealed moon: Why and wherefore?

Reasons for sounding the shofar: From a tenth-century philosopher, Saadiah Ga'on

Crime, punishment, and fire alarms: Rosh Hashanah parables, Alexander A. Steinbach

The ram's horn, the horn and the unicorn: The shofar in Jewish art, Ida Huberman

The Shofar Blower by Yiddish poet Kadya Molodowsky, trans. and comm. Kathryn Hellerstein

God the accused: Twentieth-century reflections on Rosh Hashanah, Elie Wiesel

Two poems of introspection, by Yehuda Amichai

"Cast your sins into the depths of the sea": The symbolic ceremony of Tashlikh, Julius Greenstone

 Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur basics

Community confession: Renewing the national compact, Herman Wouk

Every day is a Day of Atonement: from Reb Azrielke's discourse in The Dybbuk, S. An-Ski

Let's discuss that chicken: Yom Kippur atonement (kapparot) ceremony

Jonah the reluctant prophet: Parable and allegory

Loyal Sins: A poem by Jacob Glatstein

Jonah: A poem by Gabriel Preil

Kol Nidrei: Musical traditions from east to west: Historical background and five musical examples

Kol Nidrei ("All our Vows"): A modern poem based on the ancient prayer, Zeev Falk

Forgiveness Hymns Moroccan Style by Yoel Ben-Simhon

The boy's song: A famous tale of the Ba'al Shem on Yom Kippur, retold by Meyer Levin

Hasidic tales and teachings concerning the Days of Awe, Philip Goodman

 Sukkot & Simhat Torah

Sukkot basics

Ushpizin: Guests in the sukkah and tikkun olam

Etrog: Fruit of the goodly tree: Much ado about nothing or a powerful symbol?, Erich and Rael Isaac

The tzaddik's etrog by Shmuel Yosef Agnon

Simhat Torah basics

The story of the melody, Shmuel Yosef Agnon


The Jewish calendar: How it is calculated and when it was established
The Jewish calendar: Solar/lunar structure
The zodiac in Jewish tradition



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