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Explore the intersection of 4,000 years of art and Jewish culture through nearly 30,000 important objects spanning fine and folk art, Judaica, antiquities and broadcast media.

Jewish New Year

The Jewish New Year—Rosh Hashanah—is celebrated on the first two days of the autumn month of Tishrei, which marked the beginning of the harvest year in ancient Israel. On the holiday, a shofar (ram’s horn) is blown during the religious services, and celebrants wish each other the traditional greeting of "Shana Tova" (Have a good year). Rosh Hashanah is rich in diverse customs, including those related to food, such as apples and honey, symbolizing a sweet new year.

Rosh Hashanah initiates the Days of Awe—a ten-day period of repentance, prayer, and reflection on the deeds of the past year. This period culminates on the Day of Atonement—Yom Kippur—the holiest Jewish holiday, and a fast day. According to tradition, God opens the "Book of Life" on Rosh Hashanah and closes it on Yom Kippur, sealing the fate of each Jew for the coming year.

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Helène Aylon, American, b. 1931

Honey and Apple Plate

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Nancy Chunn, American, b. 1941

October 2, 1997 (Jewish New Year 5757)

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Jonathan C. Torgovnik, Israeli, b. 1969

Kaparoth - Woman Performing the Kaparoth Ritual on the Eve of Yom Kippur on Eastern Parkway, Crown H

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Grisha Bruskin, Russian, b. 1945

New Year 5751

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Ida Applebroog, American, b. 1929

“I Will Go Before Thee and Make the Crooked Places Straight” Isaiah 45:2

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Louise Fishman, American, b. 1939

Tashlich

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Janet Fish, American, b. 1938

Museum Glass

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Will Barnet, American, 1911-2012

Introspection - 5733

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Ben Shahn, American, b. Lithuania, 1898-1969

Today Is the Birthday of the World

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Sol Nodel, American, 1912-1976

Tin for Barton’s Candy for the New Year

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