Rosh Hashanah

By: Jack Bolen, Michael Maimone, and Ben Zinssner

September 13 through September 15 2015

What is Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah means the first day of the year and is commonly known as the jewish new year. Rosh Hashanah also marks the anniversary of creation. Jews believe in one God and Rosh Hashanah marks that God's coming back to power and his renewing of the world. It happens on the first and second days of the Jewish month Tishri. Tishri is the seventh new moon of the year and normally occurs in September or October. It also is the beginning of a ten-day time of prayer and self-finding. This time reaches a climax on the fast day of Yom Kippur. Rosh Hashanah also commemorates the making of the universe by God.

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?

The first day of Rosh Hashanah changes every year!!!!

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