On the Jewish New Year, look who’s blowing the Shofar

(RNS) The blowing of the shofar, the ram's horn that rouses the soul on the Jewish New Year, has traditionally been assigned to an august member of a synagogue. But the art of shofar blowing is now for anyone who can manage to get a sound out of the instrument. By Lauren Markoe.

As holy days approach, rabbis reflect on final sermons

(RNS) A well-known Jewish adage says that one should “repent one day before your last one.”¬†Religion News Service spoke to a variety of rabbis about what their final Jewish New Year message to their flock before leaving the pulpit would be. By Beth Kissileff.¬†