rosh hashanah

In the Little Shtetl of Vaysechvoos
Author: Jews for Jesus

A young man is hurrying home to prepare for Rosh Hashanah when he is accosted by two hooligans, beaten and robbed and left in the alley he had used for a shortcut.

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Rosh Hashanah

Jewish Facts of Life: Yom Kippur and Sukkot

Last month we mentioned that Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown on September 16. If you missed that, you can catch up on Rosh Hashanah info and get some free downloads here. Rosh Hashanah ushers in the Ten Days of Awe, culminating in Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. This is the most solemn day on […]

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The Ultimate Guide to Rosh Hashanah

Sunday, September 16 is Rosh Hashanah, the celebration of the Jewish New Year. It’s a time when we greet each other with “L’shanah tovah,” which means, “To a good year.” It’s also the most spectacular sugar-high of the year. We eat apples and honey, devour our bubbe’s honey cakes, teglach (honey balls) and a table […]

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Rosh Hashanah in 60 Seconds How to Cook an Etrog (after Sukkot) Rosh Hashanah in 60 Seconds How to Cook an Etrog (after Sukkot)

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Happy New Year!

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!

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 Facts of Life

Jews for Jesus is not the only group that finds the High Holidays a good time to reach out to seekers. Many other Jewish groups, some traditional and some very non-traditional, are inviting seekers to come celebrate the holidays with them. For example, you may have heard the word Kabbala in conjunction with celebrities who […]

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Bits from the Branches

Tel Aviv Miriam Abramov reports, A recent sortie (tract passing expedition) seemed especially difficult as nobody wanted to stop and talk. Yet we kept handing out our tracts and trying to engage people with the gospel. Finally I said a quick prayer: ‘Oh Lord, please bring to us today those who You prepared and who […]

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The BYG* Pic

*Behold Your God is our plan to reach every city outside of Israel where there are 25,000 or more Jewish people. (We also have an outreach in Israel.) This month we have a Behold Your God campaign in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The people of Buenos Aires are known as porteños (people of the port), reflecting […]

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Resolutions That Guard Your Heart
Author: Susan Perlman

We don’t always know how the resolutions we make may one day guard our hearts—or even our bodies—as I discovered at the Israel in the Garden” celebration in San Francisco. It is amazing how many ways people can make their displeasure known when you are handing out gospel tracts in public, and after some 30 […]

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High Holiday Celebrations of the Home and Heart

Every year as the calendar rolls around to the High Holidays, our minds are filled with memories of times past and anticipation of the traditions we are about to celebrate. We asked several Jewish believers to tell us what has made their holidays special and as some have reminisced with us, our hearts have nodded […]

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All People Eat

All people eat, but for Jewish people eating is an event! What holiday would be complete without food? Even Yom Kippur ends with a break fast. Food provides sustenance, strength and a sense of nurture, and even helps bring meaning and sanctity to Jewish life and community. As food is prepared in the Jewish home—whether […]

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Next Month’s Jewish Holidays

Check out our web site to see if Jews for Jesus is holding services near you, send free Jewish holiday e-cards, or just browse to learn more about the holidays. This October, Jews for Jesus will be holding our annual fall holiday services at our branches. You don’t need to be Jewish to attend and […]

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Getting Tested for Rosh Hashanah

Don’t worry, Rosh Hashanah is not a new disease; it’s the Jewish New Year, which begins tonight at sundown. A traditional greeting at this season is L’shanah tovah,” which means, “To a good year.” We eat apples and honey, honey cakes and sweets, all to wish each other a sweet New Year. Yet, Rosh Hashanah […]

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Learn More about the Jewish Holidays

The Jewish New Year begins this year on the evening of September 15. To learn more online, start by visiting our

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We Are Grateful…

Some of you have just begun receiving the Jews for Jesus Newsletter and some of you have been reading, praying and giving for years. To those who are new, thank you for taking an interest in our ministry and for giving us the opportunity to tell you about our mission. For those who have been […]

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A Jewish Lent? The Month of Elul
Author: Eric Verby

This year, the Jewish month of Elul falls on August 18 through September 15. (Technically, Elul is the sixth month of the Hebrew calendar, with Nisan (Passover), being the first, even though Rosh Hashanah is considered the Jewish New Year.) Elul precedes the month of Tishrei, which contains the High Holy Days: The Feast of […]

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Remembering 9/11-Changing the Landscape
Author: Ruth Rosen

Taken from a special edition of our internal staff report, Staff-Wise Stirrings, last year It is September 12, 2001 and I wonder how long the shock of yesterday’s horrors will last. It probably won’t be long before newscasters and grief counselors begin using phrases like getting back to normal.” But what we’re dealing with right […]

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In Tribute

We wanted to take this opportunity to tell you a bit about Mrs. Carmen Mathis, a longtime friend of Jews for Jesus. When she learned of our Camp Gilgal ministry in 1994, Mrs. Mathis decided to take this on as her personal ministry. Her generosity really helped us push forward with our camping program. She […]

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The Liberated Wailing Wall Sees Souls Liberated
Author: Amer Olson

But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, ‘The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest’” Matthew […]

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Some Jewish High Holiday Customs

Jewish High Holiday traditions vary somewhat with geography and the degree of orthodoxy involved, but two customs are widely observed by the Jewish community during this season. Greeting Cards Jewish people send New Year’s greetings throughout the holiday month. Cards expressing wishes for a successful and happy year bear the Hebrew message L’shanah Tovah Tikatevu […]

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Send Your Jewish Friend a New Year’s Greeting

Relate and show friendship to your Jewish friends and neighbors by letting them know that you understand and respect their religious holidays. Send them a card or a few words of personal greeting. This year the Jewish High Holidays are: Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year, 5754): September 16 Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement): September 25

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Important Dates in September and October

Important Dates in September and October One way of relating and showing friendship to your Jewish friends and neighbors is to let them know that you understand and respect their religious holidays. At those times, a card or a few words of personal greeting are most appropriate. This year the Jewish High Holidays (appointed feasts […]

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Winners In The Game Of Life
Author: Moishe Rosen

There are some people in this “game of life” who have lost the game before they ever entered the playing field. They were impoverished before they ever took up their life’s work and they will never succeed. They suffered defeat before they ever fought a battle, and they could never even crush a fragile shell […]

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Inscribed In The Book Of Life
Author: Holly R.

I did not think the situation sounded at all unusual. After all, many of the Jewish believers I know are trying to share the good news of Yeshua with their parents. So when Mrs. Goldstein began to tell me over the phone that her daughter was free to believe anything she wanted, I could almost […]

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The Only Way To Commit Suicide
Author: Steven Burg

I had an eight o’clock appointment, so I was a bit pressed for time when I decided to do my shopping. The evening rush-hour traffic didn’t hold me back too much, and when I had selected my groceries I was glad to find a checkout stand that was open. Glancing at my watch I realized […]

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