high holy day sermons 2015
Rosh HaShanah (literally, "Head of the Year") celebrating the Jewish New Year is observed on the first day of the Hebrew month of Tishrei. It marks the beginning of a ten-day period of prayer, self-examination and repentance, culminating on the fast day of Yom Kippur. Customs include the sounding of the shofar, using round challah, and eating apples and honey for a sweet new year.
Yom Kippur, the "Day of Atonement", is the annual Jewish observance of fasting, prayer and repentance, considered to be the holiest day in the Jewish calendar. In three separate passages in the Torah, the Jewish people are told, "the tenth day of the seventh month is the Day of Atonement. It shall be a sacred occasion for you: You shall practice self-denial." (Leviticus 23:27). Fasting is seen as fulfilling this biblical commandment.
Text compiled from Mark Washofosky’s Jewish Living: A Guide to Contemporary Reform Practice and Daniel B. Syme’s The Jewish Home: A Guide for Jewish Living.
Rabbi Freedman's Erev Rosh Hashanah Evening Sermon
Rabbi Kuhn's Rosh Hashanah Morning Sermon
Rabbi Kuhn's Kol Nidre Sermon
Rabbi Maderer's Yom Kippur Morning Sermon
Rabbi Maderer's Yom Kippur Afternoon Sermon
Lloyd Brotman, President, High Holy Day Message
Rabbi Fuchs' Yom Kippur Yizkor Sermon