Deepen your understanding of some of the most central prayers of Rosh Hashanah and reflect on their meaning in our lives today.
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Remember Us? /Zochreinu Le-Chayim
A reflection on what it means to be "remembered for life."
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The Day God Became King / Malkhuyot
In the Malkhuyot ("kingships") set of prayers, we actively coronate God - we give God a crown and appoint God as the king. What does it mean to "crown God as king over us?"
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How Do You Measure A Year?/Unetaneh Tokef
Take a deep look at this well-known Rosh Hashanah prayer which imagines us passing before God for judgment.
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Who by fire? Who by plague? Judaism's Haunting Prayer / Unetaneh Tokef
With so much uncertainty in the world, there is one thing we can say with 100% certainty: we will all die. The Unetaneh Tokef prayer reminds us of the scary, but very real fact of our mortality and vulnerability.
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What type of seat does God sit in? / HaMelech Yoshev
The leader loudly chants, "The King," in a distinct, ancient melody, as if announcing the arrival of a government official. In this prayer, God sits upon an "exalted and uplifted throne," but God is said to sit upon other types of thrones as well.
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A different kind of Memorial Day / Remembrances
The Zikhronot section of the Mussaf Amidah makes a claim that we are all remembered - ourselves as individuals, as well as our biblical ancestors - and that, even if the Divine sits as King on a lofty throne, every one of us is considered and remembered by God.
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The cry heard around the world / Shofarot
The shofar is one sound the Jewish people can identify almost immediately. This sound is familiar to so many not only because it is blown one-hundred times on each day of Rosh HaShanah, but because it has been the one consistent sound throughout Jewish history to herald both the greatest news, as well as the most tragic.
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Happy Birthday, World/HaYom Harat Olam
A study of the prayer "HaYom Harat Olam" which connects Rosh Hashanah to the creation of the world and asks for fair and compassionate judgment.
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Repentance, Prayer, and Giving/Unetaneh Tokef
An inquiry into the Unetaneh Tokef prayer and how repentance, prayer, and giving can make things better.
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Renew Us For A Good Year/Avinu Malkeinu
This powerful prayer relates to God as both a parent and a monarch. Compare the roles and consider what the good year that we are asking for would look like.
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