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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 from Bible studies to devotions to recipes to help you understand the importance and significance of this holy time of year, not only to Judaism, but also to the Christian faith.

Let’s Learn about Rosh Hashanah

Discover more about the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, and how it differs from a traditional New Year celebration by watching a video, reading an overview, or listening to a radio podcast.

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Let's Learn about Yom Kippur

Learn more about the holiest day of the Jewish year, Yom Kippur, by listening to a podcast, watching a video, or reading about how this holy day is celebrated today.

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Going Deeper

Expand your understanding of the High Holy Days and their significance not only to the Jewish faith, but also to the Christian faith, through our Bible studies and inspirational teachings from Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein’s book, Holy Days of Israel. For additional spiritual insights and encouragement, download a free copy of Rabbi...

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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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