Holiday Prep: Elul & Rosh Hashanah

Many of you will be spending the month of Elul preparing yourselves spiritually, practically, and intellectually for the upcoming new year. Sefaria is here to help with a variety of texts, sheets, and other resources for you to explore.

Seasonal Sheets

There are more than 150 source sheets about Rosh Hashanah in the Source Sheet Library and another 300 on Teshuvah! Here are a few choice sheets recommended by Sefaria’s Education Team.

Rosh Hashanah

Blotting out Sin or Elevating Sin: The Rav on Repentance — by Rabbi Tzvi Pittinsky

Humility Matters: The Rosh Hashana Haftarah — by Olivia Friedman

The Book of Life in a Digital Age — by Rabbi Laura Rappaport

The Shofar: Who do we blow for? — by Rabbi Brian Michaelson 

Teshuvah

Moving Forward, Looking Back: Reflections on Forgiveness —by Sara Wolkenfeld

Two Types of Repentance — by Rabbi Nelly Altenburger

Visions of Repentance in the Rosh Hashanah Liturgy — by Joshua Kulp with the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem

Popular Sources & Texts

Learn from some of the most popular High Holiday sources and passages in the Sefaria library by browsing the Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and Teshuvah tags in Topics. Here are a few of the most cited sources by Sefaria users:

Rosh Hashanah

Teshuvah

The three most cited sources on Teshuvah come from Mishneh Torah, Laws of Repentance. Learn it now in the Halakhah library, in Hebrew and English!

And a bonus text from our Philosophy Library: the Seventh Treaty on Repentance in Bahya Ibn Pekuda’s 11th-century Duties of the Heart.

Liturgy

Rosh Hashanah Readings

Visualizations

Connections between Tractate Rosh Hashanah and Tanakh

Connections between Talmud and Tanakh

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