Rosh Hashanah

By Elliot Edwards, Amogh Bharadwaj, and Charlie Baleno

The Jewish New Year

Rosh Hashanah means "Beginning of the Year." Rosh Hashanah is celebrated on the first two days of the Hebrew month Tishri, which is in the beginning of Septembe. Rosh Hashanah celebrates the creation of the world.

The history of the Holiday and connections to major events and beliefs

Rosh Hashanah is a very religious ceremony which emphasizes the relationship between you and G-d. Rosh Hashanah was the anniversary of Adam (Jewish Prophet) and Eve (wife of Adam). Adam and Eve were the first humans on earth according to the Jewish holy bible, the Tanakh. The sounding of the Shofar (Ram's horn) is also an anniversary, but this is for the first sin of human kind. Due to the sin, Jews take ten days of solitude to recollect themselves hence, the ten days of Rosh Hashanah.

Rituals of Rosh Hashanah

In Rosh Hashanah people will throw bread into water while reciting

prayers. This is a ritual called Tashlich. The bread symbolizes the sins of the past

year so when they throw the bread the sins are cleared and they are spiritually

forgiven. Jews greet each other on Rosh Hashanah with the phrase “ L’Shana tovah” which means for a good year. One of the most popular Rosh Hashanah customs involves eating apple slices dipped in honey after saying a prayer sometimes. Ancient Jews believed that apples had healing properties and ate the honey to hope that the new year will be sweet. Baking delicacies is considered lucky on the first day of Rosh Hashanah, but on the next continuing days people participating in Rosh Hashanah eat bread and fruit dipped in honey, and blessings are given to them. Rabbis and their religious followers read from a prayer book called the Mahzor. Work is not allowed and people pray in the synagogue. Jews take ten days of solitude during this period. Solitude is the act of remaining alone or peaceful.

Rosh Hashanah 2015

Sunday, Sep. 13th 2015 at 7pm to Tuesday, Sep. 15th 2015 at 8pm

All over the world

On September 13th, there will also be a partial solar eclipse.

DID YOU KNOW?

The Shofar is blown 100 times a day.

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