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The High Holy Days: A Season Of Repentance

The High Holy Days are the most widely observed Jewish holidays, beginning with Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and ending ten days later with Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. The month preceding the High Holy Days, known as Elul in Hebrew, is a time of preparation involving intense reflection and soul-searching. The dominant theme during this time is teshuvah, meaning repentance, literally “returning to one’s self.” During this time, Jews around the world examine their lives and seek forgiveness for the coming year.

Below you will discover a variety of resources to help you understand the importance and significance of this holy time of year, not only to Judaism, but also to the Christian faith.

Celebrating the New Year — Rosh Hashanah!

Learn more about the many traditions and observations associated with celebrating Rosh Hashanah in Israel and around the world. 

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Celebrating Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish calendar, marks the culmination of the High Holy Days and is observed with fasting and other traditions.

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The High Holy Days: A Time of Introspection

We are approaching the High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, Judaism’s holiest time of the year. We have prepared a free downloadable booklet of Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein’s devotional teachings to guide you through these spiritually significant days.

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Recipes for the High Holy Days

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is a time of celebration and introspection. Many of these themes are best expressed through the special foods traditionally served during this holiday. Try some of these traditional recipes for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

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