Jewish High Holidays 2020

By Julianne Jones | August 3 2020 | Holidays

The 2020 Jewish High Holidays, or High Holy Days, are approaching: Rosh Hashanah will be observed from Friday, September 18th through Sunday, September 20th followed by Yom Kippur on Sunday, September 27th and Monday, September 28th.

Rosh Hashanah marks the Jewish New Year, as it literally translates to “head of the year,” and is embodied by a period of both celebrating the New Year while also atoning for the previous year’s shortcomings. The ending of this 10-day period of penance is marked by Yom Kippur, sometimes called the Day of Atonement and often seen as the holiest day of the year.

Along with traditional synagogue services, fasting and food also play a significant role in these holidays. Rosh Hashanah is usually commemorated with a variety of sweets to reflect the joy of a new year as well as a Seder dinner to reinforce the historical meaning of the holiday, while Yom Kippur is often observed by a day-long fast to deepen spirituality.

Help accounts provide devout followers or generally curious customers with a variety of nonfiction titles that illustrate the significance and multifaceted cultural aspects of these Jewish traditions. With an estimated population of over 6 million people in the US, interest in these traditions is strong.

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Days of Awe
A Treasury of Jewish Wisdom for Reflection, Repentance, and Renewal on the High Holy Days
Compiled by S.Y. Agnon, one of the greatest Hebrew writers of the twentieth century and winner of the 1966 Nobel Prize in Literature, Days of Awe is the long-acknowledged classic companion to the High Holy Days prayerbook. Here in one volume are readings from the meditations from the Bible, the Talmud, the Midrash, and the Zohar, to deepen the spiritual experience of the holiest days of the Jewish year. More than three hundred texts. selected from the vast storehouse of Jewish literature from ancient to modern times, are arranged to follow the order of the synagogue service for the High Holy Days. "From the moment of its appearance," writes Judah Goldin in the Introduction, "[this] volume seemed as though it had always been here, as though it had always been the companion of the holiday prayerbook."
$15.95 US
Aug 22, 1995

A Guide to Jewish Prayer
From one of the world's most famous and respected rabbis—"a practical explanation of Jewish worship from a spiritual slant" (Detroit Free Press).For both the novice and for those who have been engaged in prayer for years, here is the one guide needed to practice Jewish prayer and understand the prayer book. From the origins and meaning of worship to a step-by-step explanation of the daily prayers to the reason you're not supposed to chat with your friends during services, Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz answers many of the questions likely to arise about Jewish prayer. Here are chapters on daily prayer; Sabbath prayer; prayer services for the holidays; the yearly cycle of synagogue Bible readings; the history and makeup of the synagogue; the different prayer rites for Ashkenazim, Sephardim, Yemenites, and other cultural/geographic groupings; the role of the rabbi and the cantor in the synagogue; and the role of music in the service.
$16.95 US
Mar 05, 2002

Nine Essential Things I've Learned About Life
Practical, illuminating reflections on what it means to live a good life, from the beloved bestselling author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People.
$15.00 US
Sep 06, 2016
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