|The Torah portion for the first day of Rosh Hashanah is Genesis 21:1-34. It includes the story of the birth of Isaac to Abraham and Sarah, and how at Sarah’s request Abraham banished his concubine Hagar and her son Ishmael.|
The Haftarah for this portion is First Samuel 1:1-2:10. In parallel with the Genesis story of how infertile Sarah gave birth to a son, the Haftarah tells how infertile Hannah gave birth to a son who became the judge and prophet Samuel.
The Torah portion for the second day of Rosh Hashanah is Genesis 22:1-24. It presents the famous story of Abraham’s near sacrifice of Isaac.
The Haftarah for this portion is Jeremiah 31:1-19. It contains a poetically expressed promise that God will restore the Jewish people to the land of Israel.
Along with both of these Torah portions is read Numbers 29:1-6, containing a commandment to observe Rosh Hashanah.
This image of an Israelite priest playing a shofar comes from the 1894 “Treasures of the Bible.”