high holidays

Changing up our Jewish New Year celebration
September 13, 2018

Jews for Jesus celebrated the Jewish New Year a little differently in San Francisco and here’s what happened.

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A Thought for the High Holy Days

Dan Brown’s Ghost?
September 20, 2012
Author: Rich Robinson

Everyone’s going to be talking about it, so we might as well jump in here at Jews for Jesus. Over the past few days, the Internet has been ablaze in virtual neon over a discovery made by Harvard professor Karen King. Professor King has acquired a fragment of papyrus – the ancient equivalent of paper – that…

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The Ultimate Guide to Rosh Hashanah
September 11, 2012
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Happy New Year!
September 26, 2008

Happy New Year! The Jewish New Year, that is. It’s September, the end of summer, the beginning of school, and— according to the Jewish calendar—the 5769th year since God created the heavens and the earth. On the Gregorian calendar, Rosh Hashanah (literally head of the year”) spans 24 hours, commencing at sunset on September 29….

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Happy New Year!
September 1, 2007

Yes, we know, there are several months left in 2007. According to the Hebrew calendar, however, it is soon to be the year 5768. The Hebrew calendar differs from the one most people use, first because it calculates how many years have passed since Creation, according to Jewish tradition. Also, the names of the Hebrew…

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Jewish Guilt and the High Holy Days
September 20, 2006

“What special day do we celebrate next?” said a little girl to her father as she climbed into his lap. “Well, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot come just after summer,” he replied. By her unmoved expression he gathered that she was not terribly impressed. This was no surprise since she had only been four years old at last year’s services. Still, he had hoped that she would show a spark of interest, have some memory of the fall festivals. Was her lack of interest due to the relatively small Jewish community in their town? Or perhaps he’d not been intentional enough to balance his non-Jewish spouse’s inexperience with Jewish traditions. Whatever the case, one thing was certain: he was feeling stirrings of guilt. “Well,” he began, “Rosh Hashanah is . . . ,” but before he could finish, she had wriggled out of his lap and run out of the living room.

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What Do We Do With Yizkor?
August 1, 1998
Author: Stephen Katz

What childhood images do the High Holidays stir in your memory? I remember my impatience over the seemingly endless synagogue services balanced with the excitement of knowing something special was happening. Then there was the unusual sight of Jews in uniform, piling in from a nearby naval base to worship with us. They helped pack…

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Join Us in a Day Of Prayer
September 1, 1988

As believers in Christ we in Jews for Jesus trust only in his atoning sacrifice to bring us salvation. However, because we are burdened for the Lost Sheep of the House of Israel, many of us set aside Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, as a special time of prayer and fasting for our…

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