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A Brief History of Rosh Hashanah
How Its Liturgy Has Changed Over the Years

Joseph Rosenstein

Ritual, Prayer & Spirituality

Last summer, I published a new prayerbook for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. "Machzor Eit Ratzon," like the previously published "Siddur Eit Ratzon," is in many ways unconventional, although it does contain the traditional liturgy. (See www.newsiddur.org for both books.) In this session, I will share some of the lessons that I learned about the development of Rosh Hashanah over the past 2500 years and how that development is reflected in the liturgy and practices of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

Joseph Rosenstein


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Joseph Rosenstein is the author of Siddur Eit Ratzon and the recently published Machzor Eit Ratzon. Joe is a member of the Highland Park, New Jersey Minyan and a founder and former chair of the National Havurah Committee and its summer institute. He is a professor of mathematics at Rutgers University. Joe and his wife have five daughters, three sons-in-law, and four grandchildren.

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