Rosh Hashanah, Happy Jewish New Year!
At sunset on September 25th will begin the start of the Jewish holiday, Rosh Hashanah. The holiday runs till September 27th at sunset. It commemorates the creation of the world and the beginning of the Days of Awe. This is a 10 day period of introspection and repentance that finishes with the Yom Kippur holiday which is the Day of Atonement.
Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year and is one of the holiest days on the Jewish calendar. The meaning of Rosh Hashanah is “head of the year” or “first of the year”. It traditionally falls during September or October.
The holiday is observed with special foods, traditions and mitzvahs (good deeds). Each family can have their own traditions. Some visit the synagogue for special services talking about hope and to atone for the new year.
Some other Rosh Hashanah traditions include:
Candle lights- light candles and recite prayers.
Blowing of the Shofar
Tashlich- The casting off of sins from the previous year.
Customary Greetings – Shana Tova or Have a good year.
Trying something new- symbolizes a new start.
Rosh Hashanah cards and family pictures- to remind you of family and to celebrate a new year.
Teshuvah- a time to reflect and repent.
Festive meals- for example apples and honey to remind you to have a sweet year.
These traditions are reminders for the Jewish people to remember their heritage. Sharing them with their family, friends and children ensure they will continue.
Share with us your family traditions to celebrate Rosh Hashanah.