Rosh Hashanah

By, Anya Hegde and Jordan Page

What is Rosh Hashanah?

Rosh Hashanah is a major holiday that signifies the beginning of a new year for followers of the Jewish culture. Rosh Hashanah means “The head of the year” in Hebrew. This major serious holiday is celebrated on the first two days of “Tishri”, which is the seventh month on the Hebrew calendar. This is known as the feast of trumpets. On Rosh Hashanah was the blinding of Isaac, in which a ram took Isaacs place as a sacrifice to God.This year, Rosh Hashanah is celebrated in the evening of Sunday, September 13, and ends on the evening of Tuesday, September 15, 2015.

The practices and rituals participating during Rosh Hashannah

Rosh Hashanah is a joyous holiday that involves many practices that link to the culture of the Jewish people. One practice is that the many Jews will blow into a Shofar( a ram’s horn), during this holiday, at the Western Wall. The notes blown spiritually awake the Jews. Also, many will reflect on their mistakes they have made, and changes that they will make in the coming new year. There are many serious rules that follow the practice of Judaism while celebrating Rosh Hashanah. The rules state that work is not allowed, and that the men are required to pray in the synagogue. The jewish people eat a piece of apple that is dipped in honey to represent them wanting a sweet year. They also have many other foods showing the new years blessing. Before the main meal during the Rosh Hashanah, many recite the Kiddush, while drinking wine or grape juice. Immediately following the Kiddush, the Jews follow a ritual while they recite a blessing while the washing of loaves of bread is taken place. These are some of the many practices involved during the Rosh Hashanah holiday. As they say in Hebrew, “Leshanah tovah tikateiv veteichateim,” “May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year.”

Did you know?

Another Ritual that the Jewish do during the Rosh Hashanah holiday is to walk to a river, and recite special prayers of repentance . Many also throw bread crumbs in the river, as to repelling or casting away their mistakes.
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Apple dipped in honey

The Apple dipped in honey, symbolizes the Jewish people wanting a sweet new year lying ahead of them.
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The Shofar

In this picture, a man is blowing into a Shofar, a rams horn, at the holy Western wall located in Jerusalem.


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