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News and updates about Rosh Hashana

Petah Tikvah employee tears down election signs on Rosh Hashanah

A city employee was caught on camera tearing down Religious Zionism election signs during Rosh Hashanah.

Petah Tikvah employee tears down election signs on Rosh Hashanah

A story of repentance:

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About an hour after the end of Rosh Hashanah, we opened the door and saw an envelope on the floor.

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US synagogues:

Bomb threats trigger evacuations during holiday services

Bomb threats target US synagogues during Rosh Hashanah, but few interruptions reported.

Bomb threats trigger evacuations during holiday services

Temple Institute Rabbi:

'Jews came from all of Israel to blow the shofar on Shabbat'

Rabbi Yisrael Ariel describes how the Temple Institute brought back a practice from the Talmudic era over Rosh Hashanah.

'Jews came from all of Israel to blow the shofar on Shabbat'

Israeli journalist:

'There's holiness here - why travel to Uman?'

Journalist Kalman Libeskind slams Rosh Hashanah pilgrimage to Uman: 'The heart of holiness is in the Land of Israel, why travel to Ukraine?'

'There's holiness here - why travel to Uman?'

To observe Rosh Hashanah:

Chief of Staff walks to recite holiday prayers with soldiers

IDF Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi walked from his home to join ten soldiers for holiday prayers at an outpost on Route 443.

Chief of Staff walks to recite holiday prayers with soldiers

'You voted to destroy America'

Donald Trump sends Rosh Hashanah greetings to liberal Jews

The former president wished liberal Jews 'make better choices" and listed several actions taken for Israel and the Jewish people.

Donald Trump sends Rosh Hashanah greetings to liberal Jews

Under increased security:

Record number of Jews visit Temple Mount on Rosh Hashanah

403 Jews went up to the Temple Mount on Sunday, the second day of Rosh Hashanah, led by rabbis and yeshiva heads.

Record number of Jews visit Temple Mount on Rosh Hashanah

On Rosh Hashana:

Israeli pilgrim collapses and dies in Uman

The Israeli collapsed in front of his children, who were next to him at the entrance of the grave site of Rabbi Nachman of Breslev.

Israeli pilgrim collapses and dies in Uman

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Happy Jewish New Year from the IDF

Watch the special Rosh Hashanah video from the IDF

Happy Jewish New Year from the IDF

Shana Tova from Israel National News!

Wishing a happy New Year to all our readers. News coverage ends this evening for two days, resumes Tuesday evening.

Shana Tova from Israel National News!

'I will always stand with you'

British PM wishes the Jewish community Shana Tova

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak: British Jews play an integral part in the success of this nation.

British PM wishes the Jewish community Shana Tova

Zelenskyy:

'Let the new year bring hope for a brighter future'

Ukrainian President wishes the Jewish people a Happy New Year: May good triumph over evil and peace be restored.

'Let the new year bring hope for a brighter future'

Biden on Rosh Hashanah:

'It is never too late to change and begin anew'

US President releases statement in honor of Rosh Hashanah: I’ve always believed that the message of Rosh Hashanah is universal.

'It is never too late to change and begin anew'

Putin:

'Jews following millennia-old traditions contribute to Russia'

Russian President sends message to Jewish community ahead of Rosh Hashanah, extol's community's contributions to Russian society.

'Jews following millennia-old traditions contribute to Russia'

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Over 50,000 attend Rosh Hashanah eve selichot at Western Wall

Tens of thousands attend central selichot services, annulment of vows ceremony at Western Wall.

Over 50,000 attend Rosh Hashanah eve selichot at Western Wall

Herzog on Rosh Hashanah:

'Our differences are our greatest asset'

In Rosh Hashanah message to Jews around the world, Herzog calls for greater engagement in worldwide Jewish dialogue.

'Our differences are our greatest asset'

Biden to Jewish leaders: I have your back

US President speaks to top rabbis and Jewish community leaders ahead of Rosh Hashanah: Antisemitism has risen to record levels.

Biden to Jewish leaders: I have your back

Zelenskyy Rosh Hashana message

'Ukraine expects greater support from Israel'

Ukrainian President meets 32 Chabad emissaries and rabbis day before Rosh Hashanah, gives decorations to 15 Jewish soldiers.

'Ukraine expects greater support from Israel'

Watch: US Embassy's 'silent' Rosh Hashanah movie

US Embassy releases 'silent movie' wishing everyone a happy new year.

Watch: US Embassy's 'silent' Rosh Hashanah movie

Western Wall prepared for High Holiday services

Tens of thousands of worshipers expected at the Western Wall during Rosh Hashanah and the 10 Days of Repentance.

Western Wall prepared for High Holiday services

Rabbi Samson R. Hirsch on Rosh Hashanah: Facts, not feelings

The High Holy Days aren’t about cheap sentimentality.

Rabbi Samson R. Hirsch on Rosh Hashanah: Facts, not feelings

FIDF ensures Israeli soldiers will enjoy Rosh Hashanah

Gift cards worth $1.3M distributed to Lone Soldiers and soldiers in need.

FIDF ensures Israeli soldiers will enjoy Rosh Hashanah

United Hatzalah completes preparations for Rosh Hashanah in Uman

Many thousands of Hasidim visit grave of sage Rabbi Nachman of Breslov in Ukraine every Rosh Hashana.

United Hatzalah completes preparations for Rosh Hashanah in Uman

'Stay off the streets'

Iranian Jewish leaders issue warning ahead of Rosh Hashanah

First day of Rosh Hashanah coincides with first anniversary of murder of Mahsa Amini, which sparked widespread anti-regime protests.

Iranian Jewish leaders issue warning ahead of Rosh Hashanah

These are the top baby names in Israel for 5783

Ahead of the Jewish New Year the Population and Immigration Authority published the most popular names for babies born in the past year.

These are the top baby names in Israel for 5783

Ukraine:

Visa waiver agreement will not be cancelled before Rosh Hashanah

Israelis traveling to Rosh Hashanah services in Uman will not be required to apply for a visa or be charged for one upon entry to Ukraine.

Visa waiver agreement will not be cancelled before Rosh Hashanah

Western Wall stones inspected ahead of Rosh Hashanah

Integrity of ancient stones of holy site examined to ensure safety of thousands of worshipers over High Holidays.

Western Wall stones inspected ahead of Rosh Hashanah

Elul: The purpose of the Shofar In our times

Take the time in Elul to contemplate the messages in the Rosh Hashanah Amidah will make this entire month and season more meaningful.

Elul: The purpose of the Shofar In our times

Ukraine:

Officials inspect Uman bomb shelters ahead of Rosh Hashanah

Israeli Minister Porush traveled to Ukraine to oversee preparations for the expected mass pilgrimage.

Officials inspect Uman bomb shelters ahead of Rosh Hashanah

Jerusalem Minister to supervise pilgrimage to Uman

After his success coordinating the Lag B'Omer celebrations in Meron, Minister Meir Porush has been asked to coordinate the holiday in Uman.

Jerusalem Minister to supervise pilgrimage to Uman

Ukrainian refugees enjoy holiday programs from Yad L'achim

Yad L’achim runs Rosh Hashanah programs for thousands of Ukrainian, Russian refugees, helping to fend off missionaries.

Ukrainian refugees enjoy holiday programs from Yad L'achim

The Parsha and Current Events: Blessings for all mankind

On Rosh Hashanah the order of Hashem’s judicial overview begins with the Jews in Eretz Yisrael, and as we go, so goes the rest of humanity

The Parsha and Current Events: Blessings for all mankind

Yeshiva students learn Torah with prisoners

Students from Yeshivat Hakotel's hesder program visit Tsalmon Prison, learn Torah and dance with the prisoners.

Yeshiva students learn Torah with prisoners

Watch: Tashlich on the river banks in Uman

Non-Jewish EMT records Jews descending from Rbbi Nachman of Breslov's grave to perform Rosh Hashanah ritual in Uman.

Watch: Tashlich on the river banks in Uman

Uman: 1,750 people treated at medical clinic

5 people taken to hospitals from clinic near Rabbi Nachman of Breslov's tomb on Rosh Hashanah.

Uman: 1,750 people treated at medical clinic

100 babies born on Rosh Hashanah at Shaare Tzedek Hospital

First baby of the year born to couple who immigrated from France. 'No greater happiness than starting new year with a new baby.'

100 babies born on Rosh Hashanah at Shaare Tzedek Hospital

Ashdod: Rosh Yeshiva collapses on first night of Rosh Hashanah

Rabbi Michal David Rozovsky, the Rosh Yeshiva of the Vilkomer Yeshiva, in serious condition after collapsing during lecture to students.

Ashdod: Rosh Yeshiva collapses on first night of Rosh Hashanah

Number of Jewish worshipers on Temple Mount doubles

Over 1,000 Jews visit Temple Mount as group of Arabs barricade themselves inside Al Aqsa Mosque and launch fireworks at them.

Number of Jewish worshipers on Temple Mount doubles

Riots in eastern Jerusalem over Rosh Hashanah

False reports circulated on social media of threats to Al Aqsa Mosque with intention of inciting conflict between rioters, security forces.

Riots in eastern Jerusalem over Rosh Hashanah

Canadian Prime Minister:

'Shana Tova U’metuka!'

Canadian PM Justin Trudeau hails the contribution of Jewish communities to Canada in a statement in honor of Rosh Hashanah.

'Shana Tova U’metuka!'

Bahraini Embassy wishes Shana Tova

Bahraini Embassy in Israel: May this new coming year bring peace, prosperity and happiness to all.

Bahraini Embassy wishes Shana Tova

Pelosi:

'On behalf of the United States Congress, Shana Tova!'

House Speaker in Rosh Hashanah statement: This Rosh Hashanah, let us all renew our resolve to stamp out hate.

'On behalf of the United States Congress, Shana Tova!'

British PM on Rosh Hashanah:

'I will always be on your side'

British Prime Minister Liz Truss vows to back Israel, fight antisemitism in Rosh Hashanah message.

'I will always be on your side'

427 people treated for medical emergencies in Uman

Thousands visit tomb of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov despite warnings not to come due to Russia's war on Ukraine.

427 people treated for medical emergencies in Uman

Antisemitic cartoon played on train to Uman

Thousands of hasidim defy warnings to stay away from Uman this year due to ongoing war between Ukraine and Russia.

Antisemitic cartoon played on train to Uman

Blowing the Shofar and crowning God our King

How fortunate and privileged we are to accept upon ourselves the majesty of the King of kings on Rosh Hashanah

Blowing the Shofar and crowning God our King

President Herzog:

'Let us help each other to be inscribed in the Book of Life'

In honor of Rosh Hashanah, President Isaac Herzog has released a festive greeting to Jewish communities around the world.

'Let us help each other to be inscribed in the Book of Life'

Who will we be a year from now?

Rabbi Kalonymous Kalman Shapira, zt"l,  the Admor (Hasidic rebbe) from Piaseczno. had a special approach to Rosh Hashanah's challenges..

Who will we be a year from now?

Is Rosh Hashanah on the wrong day?

The answer depends on which anniversary the holiday is meant to recognize.

Is Rosh Hashanah on the wrong day?

What did God really want at the Binding of Isaac?

God is saying"Offer up Isaac" and "Don’t offer up Isaac". Which is the real voice of God? And how do we deal with fear of the year ahead?

What did God really want at the Binding of Isaac?

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Slichot service at the Western Wall

Thousands attend prayers on the eve of Rosh Hashanah at the Western Wall in Jerusalem.

Slichot service at the Western Wall

In Hurricane Fiona's shadow:

Puerto Rico's Jews prepare for Rosh Hashanah

Reeling from Hurricane Fiona, Puerto Rican Jews prepare for a post-storm Rosh Hashanah — again.

Puerto Rico's Jews prepare for Rosh Hashanah

Despite Ukraine's Warnings:

Thousands of Hasidic pilgrims arrive in Uman for Rosh Hashanah

Ukrainian government urges pilgrims to Uman to wait until after war is over, but some 2,000 visitors have already arrived ahead of holiday.

Thousands of Hasidic pilgrims arrive in Uman for Rosh Hashanah

Moses' words in Nitzavim: Prelude to Rosh Hashanah

Since Moshe said “all of you” why did he add "your heads, your Tribes, your elders and your officers, every man of Israel; your infants..."?

Moses' words in  Nitzavim: Prelude to Rosh Hashanah

'Shofar in The Park' program returns for Rosh Hashanah

Ohr Torah Stone's Yachad Program and Tzohar Rabbinical Organization plan hundreds of outdoor events for the High Holidays.

'Shofar in The Park' program returns for Rosh Hashanah

Biden to host first-ever White House Rosh Hashanah party

White House to host Rosh Hashanah reception on Friday after the Jewish new year.

Biden to host first-ever White House Rosh Hashanah party

Hungarian Pres. tours historic synagogue ahead of Rosh Hashanah

Hungarian President Katalin Novák tours historic Mád Synagogue in presidential visit in honor of the Jewish New Year.

Hungarian Pres. tours historic synagogue ahead of Rosh Hashanah

"Waste of public money"

Lapid to hold annual Rosh Hashanah toast in Jerusalem Theater

Prime Minister's Office will hold its annual Rosh Hashanah toast in the Jerusalem Theater, and not in it its own building.

Lapid to hold annual Rosh Hashanah toast in Jerusalem Theater

Hatzalah prepares for Rosh Hashanah pilgrims in Uman

Israeli, American, and Ukrainian governments have warned Jewish pilgrims not to visit Uman due to danger of war with Russia.

Hatzalah prepares for Rosh Hashanah pilgrims in Uman