"Binding." The story in Genesis of the near-sacrifice of Isaac, Abraham’s son, which is read on Rosh HaShanah.
Irrational hatred of Jews.
"Our Father, Our King"/"Our Parent, Our Ruler" A prayer (and song) chanted during the High Holiday period. Describes two simultaneous ways in which people might relate to God: the intimate relationship of a parent and the powerful awe of a ruler.
The Hebrew month preceding Rosh HaShanah during which one engages in self-reflection and evaluation in preparation for the High Holidays. Traditionally, the shofar is blown each day during the month.
Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur
"May you be inscribed [in the Book of Life] for a good year" is a greeting offered on Rosh HaShanah.
"Cycle;" High Holiday prayerbook; plural: machzorim.
Organized attack on Jewish communities in Eastern Europe during the 19th and early 20th century.
"Sabbath of Repentance;" the Shabbat between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur. A special haftarah is read and traditionally the rabbi gives a sermon related to repentance.
Hebrew word meaning "catastrophe", referring to the Holocaust.