Rosh Hashana - A Fresh Start
Rosh Hashanah (literally, "Head of the Year") marks the beginning of the Jewish year Rosh Hashanah commemorates the creation of the world and marks the beginning of the Days of Awe, a 10-day period of introspection and repentance that culminates in the Yom Kippur holiday, also known as the Day of Atonement. Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are the two “High Holy Days” in the Jewish religion.
Rosh Hashanah Dates
Chag - Sunday, September 9 to Tuesday, September 11
Shipping time - August 20th to 30th.
Chag - Sunday, September 29 to Tuesday, October 1
Shipping time - September 10th to 20th.
Rosh Hashanah - The rituals
How is Rosh Hashanah celebrated?
- Attend synagogue services and reading the holiday prayer book, called a machzor, for the entire day. The central observance of Rosh Hashanah is hearing the sounding of the shofar, the ram’s horn.
- Women and girls light candles and recite the blessings
Eating festive meal
On Rosh Hashanah, we eat foods that symbolize good things we hope for in the coming year, for example:
- Round, raisin challah bread dipped in honey and also apples dipped in honey for a sweet year
“May it be Your will to renew for us a good and sweet year.”
- Eating parts of the head of a fish, expressing the wish that “we be to a head and not a tail.”
- Eating pomegranates, giving voice to a wish that “our merits be many like the seeds of the pomegranate’
- Eating a new fruit.
Geet others with: "L'shana Tova – Ketivah vi-chatima Tova."
This means: "For a good year - You should be written and sealed in the good (Book of Life)."