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☞   Rosh haShanah (l’Maaseh Bereshit)

This is an archive of prayers and songs written for, or relevant to, the New Year’s Day for All of Creation — marking the beginning of the seventh month and its ensemble of festival days leading towards the commencement of the rainy season. (Rosh haShanah l’Maaseh Bereshit coincides with Rosh Ḥodesh Tishrei.)

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For maḥzorim (festival prayerbooks) for Rosh haShanah, visit here.

For the Seder Akhilat haSimanim (seder of symbolic foods) on Rosh haShanah, visit here.

For Tashlikh ritual prayers (that may be offered anytime between Rosh haShanah and Hoshana Rabbah), visit here.

For public readings on Rosh haShanah, visit here.

For prayers composed for Rosh Ḥodesh Tishrei, visit here.

For prayers composed for Rosh haShanah la-Ilanot (a/k/a Tu biShvat), go here.

For prayers composed for Rosh haShanah la-Melakhim, go here.

For prayers composed for Rosh haShanah la’Behemah, go here.

עֵת שַׁעֲרֵי רָצוֹן | Eit Shaarei Ratson, a piyyut by Rabbi Yehuda ben Shmuel ibn Abbas (ca. 12 c.)

A Prayer before Candle-lighting, by Chaya Kaplan-Lester

Between the Fires: A Kavvanah for Lighting Candles of Commitment, by Rabbi Arthur Waskow (the Shalom Center)

Blessing for Rosh Ḥodesh Tishrei, by Kohenet Ilana Joy Streit

אחות קטנה במאה ה -21 | A 21st century “Aḥot Ḳetanah” (Little Sister), by Rabbi Dr. Raysh Weiss

תפלה לשליח ציבור | Hineni: The Prayer of the Shaliaḥ Tsibur, interpretive translation by Rabbi Oren Steinitz

אוֹחִילָה לָאֵל | Oḥilah la’El, a reshut and a personal prayer offered by the shaliaḥ tsibbur, Yosef Goldman

רַחֲמָנָא | Raḥamana di N’shaya — Aramaic Seliḥoth Piyyut for Biblical Women, by Isaac Gantwerk Mayer

ודוי | Vidui meditation, by Danny Cohen

A Mini-Seliḥot, by Rabbi Menachem Creditor

A Prayer for the New Year (5781), by Rabbi Menachem Creditor

An Intention for the New Year (5779), by Rabbi Menachem Creditor

פסוקים לשנת תשע”ט | Biblical Phrases for 5779, by Daniel Matt

ודוי חיובית | Positive Vidui, by Rabbi Avi Weiss

עשרת ימי תשובה | My Ten Days of Repentance Writing Exercise, by David Wolkin

The Offering: A Tashlikh Prayer, by Rabbi Jill Hammer

A Prayer for the Earth, by Rabbi David Seidenberg (neohasid.org)

Prayer for the Earth, Air, Water, Fire of our Planet in Memory of Barry Commoner, by Rabbi Arthur Waskow

A Ten-Step, Four-Worlds, One-Earth Tashlikh, by Avi Dolgin

Additions to Piyyutim on the High Holidays for the Shemitah Year, by Rabbi David Seidenberg (neohasid.org)

המלך הקדוש | From Uman to the Olam: Clapping upon the Coronation of the Holy Majesty during the Days of Awe (neohasid.org)

A Rosh haShanah Amidah, by Trisha Arlin

Peas on Earth, a song by the Jewish environmental educators of the Teva Learning Center (Fall 2010)

תחנה אמהות | Prayer for Yizkor on Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and Yamim Tovim, from the Tkhine of the Matriarchs by Seril Rappaport (ca. 18th century)

עָלֵינוּ לְשַׁבֵּחַ (ספרד)‏ | Aleinu, translated by Rabbi David de Sola Pool (1937)

בַּשָּׁנָה הַבָּאָה | baShanah haBa’ah (Next Year), an elegy by Ehud Manor for his brother killed during the War of Attrition (1968)

[Prayer] for the Eve of the New Year, by Rabbi Moritz Mayer (1866)

Am Tage vor dem neuen Jahre oder dem Versöhnungsfeste, wenn man die Gräber besucht | [Prayer] for when you visit the graves on Erev Rosh haShanah or Yom Kippur before the Seudah Mafseket, by Fanny Neuda (1855)

Betrachtung am Neujahrsund Versöhnungstage | Meditation on Rosh haShanah and Yom Kippur, by Fanny Neuda (1855)

א דוּדעלע (אַיֵּה אֶמְצָאֶךָּ)‏ | A Dudele (Where shall I seek you?), by Rabbi Levi Yitsḥaq of Berditchev (ca. 18th c.)

תחנה אמהות מן ראש חדש תשרי | Prayer for the New Moon of Tishrei, from the Tkhine of the Matriarchs by Seril Rappaport (ca. 18th century)

תחנה אמהות | Prayer for the Torah Reading on Rosh Hashanah (Genesis 21:1–34), from the Tkhine of the Matriarchs by Seril Rappaport (ca. 18th century)

תחנה אמהות | Prayer for the Blowing of the Shofar, from the Tkhine of the Matriarchs by Seril Rappaport (ca. 18th century)

זֶה יוֹם רִאשׁוֹן [א׳]‏ | Zeh Yom Rishon [a], a song for Yom T’ruah by Ḥakham Zeraḥ ben Nathan of Troki (early 17th c.)

זֶה יוֹם רִאשׁוֹן [ב׳]‏ | Zeh Yom Rishon [b], a song for Yom T’ruah by Ḥakham Zeraḥ ben Nathan of Troki (early 17th c.)

כֹּל נְדָרִים | Kol N’darim, translated by Isaac Gantwerk Mayer

הַיּוֹם תְּאַמְּצֵנוּ | haYom T’amtseinu, a piyyut for the end of musaf on Rosh haShanah and Yom Kippur

The Sweeping Story of Rosh haShanah Musaf — in Color! by Rabbi Barry Kornblau

התרת נדרים | Hatarat Nedarim: The Release of Vows, by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi

פֶּרֶק שִׁירָה | Pereq Shirah, a litany of verses spoken by the creatures & works of Creation (after the arrangement of Natan Slifkin)