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Rosh Hashanah: what does it mean?

Is New Year's Day, 1 January, special to you, or do you celebrate the new year at a different time? For Jewish people all around the world the new year is celebrated for two days that fall between early September and early October. Explore why the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, is so important for people of the Jewish faith.

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Rosh Hashanah: the feast

Is there any day of the year when you and those in your community have a special meal, or feast? Australia has people from many countries, cultures and religions. That is why not all Australians have feast days on the same days. This clip explores the feast of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.

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Rosh Hashanah: synagogue and teachings

Have you ever attended a religious ceremony? Nearly all religions have their own special ceremonies for weddings, funerals and other special events. This clip explores the ceremonies that Jewish people have at Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.

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Rosh Hashanah: Tashlikh

Have you ever done something that you thought was wrong? If so, what did you do about it? Most religions teach about what they see as right behaviour and wrong behaviour. Many of these religions expect or suggest that their followers who have done wrong to do certain things that will help them become better people. Explore ...

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'Putting your body on the line' by Nathan Besser

'Putting your body on the line' by Nathan Besser recounts a Jewish schoolboy's attempts to gain popularity by being associated with a newly formed school rugby team. The narrator, Nathan, recounts his failure to make the team as a player. His persistent attempts not to be entirely left out result in him being taken on as ...

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Hanukkah

This is a student resource showcasing the Jewish festival of Hanukkah. Images in a slideshow format show candles being lit during the eight nights of the festival in the nine-branched candleholders of the special Hanukkah menorah, the hanukkiyah. An image of the usual seven-branched menorah is also included. Text on screen ...

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Jewish banner, 1986

This is a banner that was designed and made by the Adelaide Hebrew Congregation. In shades of green, red, blue and gold, it shows Jerusalem, the Star of David over Adelaide on a map of Australia, a ram's horn and scrolls from the Torah. The banner measures 77 cm x 173 cm.

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Ark curtain, c1895

This is a silk velvet Parochet, or curtain, made in Wellington, New Zealand, about 1895 for a Torah ark (a Jewish Holy Ark where the Scrolls of Law are placed). It is decorated with gold and silver embroidery, consisting of a vine pattern around the edges and a wreath in the centre surrounding an inscription in Hebrew, ...