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On Rosh Hashanah it is inscribed,
And on Yom Kippur it is sealed.
How many shall pass away and how many shall be born,
Who shall live and who shall die,
Who shall reach the end of his days and who shall not,
Who shall perish by water and who by fire,
Who by sword and who by wild...
October 20, 2005 | 8:00 pm
Jews often live in calendar dialectics. Annually, we oscillate between two Jewish New Years (Tishrei/Nissan) and two "Judgment Days" (Rosh Hashana/Yom Kippur). the Dubner Maggid, Rabbi Yaakov Krantz, perhaps the greatest Jewish storyteller of all time, was once asked: Why do we...
September 22, 2005 | 8:00 pm
"I have to wait a month longer this year to eat apples and honey," complains Jeremy, 16.
"No, the first of Tishrei is always the first of Tishrei," I say, referring to the date on the Jewish calendar that marks our New Year.
"But it's not till Oct. 4," he answers.
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September 25, 2003 | 8:00 pm
Rosh Hashanah is upon us. We will use the shofar to blow us into the new year, we will dip apples in honey for a sweet year and our challah will be round just like the yearly cycle. Our new year will be celebrated this on Sept. 26, the 1st of Tishrei.
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