How an Obscure Holiday Created by Ezra the Scribe Became Rosh Hashanah

The rabbis had to reinvent Judaic practices after the Romans destroyed the Second Temple, and it seems they invented the Jewish New Year out of thin air.

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Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year with its solemn rituals and traditional foods, when humanity is put on trial for its actions in the previous year and its fate is determined for the year to come – did not...