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Good sites for the High Holy Days

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Why wasn’t the shofar, or ram’s horn, blown this year for the start of Rosh Hashana? Why is honeycake eaten this time of year? Get these and other answers at Chabad’s informative site on the High Holy Days.

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Free e-card from Chabad.org reads "Shanah Tovah," or "Happy New Year."

Chabad explains, in its typical engaging way, that Rosh Hashana is the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve. The day therefore “emphasizes the special relationship between G-d and humanity: our dependence upon G-d as our creator and sustainer, and G-d’s dependence upon us as the ones who make His presence known and felt in His world.”

It’s one of several fascinating sites on the Ten Days of Repentance, which started with Rosh Hashana at sundown Sept. 18. Here are a few others.

Aish HaTorah’s site has 12 thought-provoking articles that you can download all at once. A separate download is Rosh Hashana and the Art of Wanting, which observes that you are defined by what we want.

“On Rosh Hashana you are setting the direction of the upcoming year,” Yaakov Astor writes. “Rosh Hashana is about wanting the right things, because what we want — really want — is where we will be led.”

The Union for Reform Judaism reminds us that the time is also called Yamim Noraim. or “Days of Awe.”

Also interesting are the 11 songs on mp3lyrics.com that relate to the holy days. One, by a group called A For Me, says:

So many things, I have
beaten down to get my way
Go unnoticed when I make mistakes
Shine so perfect in the light
I did right this time

Finally, if you want to send a Rosh Hashana e-card, a number of sites like Chabad.org and 123greetings.com are fine. But those by RootsWeb and the Orthodox Union are a cut above. They offer classical designs of shofars, birds, Stars of David, even a pomegranate. You can also customize with your own words.

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Written by Jim Davis

September 20, 2009 at 1:29 am

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