If the year is a train, the High Holidays (AKA High Holy Days) are its engine. A delicate blend of joy and solemnity, feasting and fasting, prayer and inspiration make up the spiritually charged head of the Jewish year.
The High Holiday season begins during the month of Elul, when the shofar is sounded every weekday morning, a clarion call to return to God in advance of the sacred days that lay ahead.
The two-day holiday of Rosh Hashanah is the head of the Jewish year, the time when God reinvests Himself in creation as Jewish crown Him king of the universe through prayer, shofar blasts, and celebration.
Rosh Hashanah 2020 begins before sundown on Friday, Sept. 18, and ends after nightfall on Sunday, September 20. HAG SAMEAH LEKULAM!!
A week later, the High Holidays reach their crescendo with Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement). Like angels, Jewish neither eat nor drink for 25 hours. Dressed in white, they pray in the synagogue—united as one people, children of One Father.
Yom Kippur 2020 begins before sundown on Sunday, September 27, and ends after nightfall on Monday, September 28. ZOM KAL LE KULAM!!