By: Jack Bolen, Michael Maimone, and Ben Zinssner
September 13 through September 15 2015
What is Rosh Hashanah
This is a picture of apples in honey. Jews eat this on Rosh Hashanah and the honey shows their hope for a sweet new year.
Most of Rosh Hashanah is celebrated in the synagogue and special prayer book called Machzor is used for scripture readings.
This is the ceremonial blowing of the shofar. On Rosh Hashanah God restores the creativity and energy that keeps the world alive. God is marked as king of the universe and the shofar shows his continued king-ship.
Feast of the Trumpets
The name used for Rosh Hashanah in the Hebrew Bible is Yom Teruah meaning the day of shouting a noise also known as the Feast of Trumpets. Horns known as shofar get blown to mark the Jewish New Year. A second religious practice is eating honey dipped apples as a symbol of their hope for a sweet new year. One last ritual is on the first night, candles should be lit no more that 18 minutes before sundown. On the second night candles should be lit immediately after nightfall, kindled by an existing flame. The reason for and only an existing flame is because it is forbidden to light a candle on a holiday unless it is lit by a candle lit before the holiday.
Did You Know?
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