HIGH HOLIDAYS 2021: HOPE FOR A POST-PANDEMIC WORLD
By SARAH LICHTMAN
LOS ANGELES -- As the nation heads into the second Jewish High Holiday season during the COVID-19 pandemic, Cedars-Sinai Senior Rabbi and Director of Spiritual Care Jason Weiner, PhD, is thinking about renewal, a common theme during the holidays that call for repentance and atonement before the Jewish new year.
By RABBI DR. RAYMOND APPLE
Jews are in a high state of busy-ness. The new year is imminent. We think over all that has happened in the last twelve months. We hope this year will bring us life, calm, peace and faith. The Ashkenazim echo the Sephardim and say, "May the year begin with its blessings". G[-]d is part of the action even for those who don’t even mention His name on other occasions. We don’t just mouth an exclamation, "O My G[-]d!" In their own way the words are a prayer, "O my G[-]d, be with us and hold us tight!" We have so much on our "O my G[-]d" list..
THE SHOFAR IS ONE OF THE WORLD'S OLDEST KNOWN WIND INSTRUMENTS
The sound of the Shofar marks the beginning of the ten-day period called the 'Days of Awe', which lead up to another Jewish festival called Yom Kippur.
Yom Kippur is the most solemn day in the Jewish calendar. It means Day of Atonement and people don't eat or drink for 25 hours. It's a day to reflect on the past year and ask God's forgiveness for any sins.
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THE HIGH HOLIDAYS: WHAT DO
LOS ANGELES -- For many Jewish youths around the world, the High Holidays are observed by following rituals and traditions that were taught to them by their family and rabbis. Some Jewish children may learn conservative traditions, while others may learn orthodox, messianic, reform, secular or other. When it comes right down to it, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur may seem all about tradition, yet the Days of Awe are much more.
Rabbi Yaacov Haber
Shofar photo by Rabbi Shmuel Sackett
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