14/09/2015 – Celebrating Rosh Hashanah | Jewish New Year

L’shanah Tovah!  Or Happy Jewish New Year!

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Rosh Hashanah occurs on the first and second days of Tishri. In Hebrew, Rosh Hashanah means, literally, “head of the year” or “first of the year.” Rosh Hashanah is commonly known as the Jewish New Year. The Biblical name for this holiday is Yom Teruah (Hebrew: יוֹם תְּרוּעָה‎, literally “day [of] shouting/raising a noise”) or the Feast of Trumpets.

All holidays begin at sundown on the evening before the actual date  The holiday begins at sundown on the 13th September and ends at nightfall on the 15th September.

How to celebrate Rosh Hashanah

  • Reflect on your past and your future. Rosh Hashanah is considered to be the birthday of the world and hence is the Jewish New Year. Rosh Hashanah is a time to learn from your mistakes of the past year, and to think about how you can improve yourself in the future. It is also a time to make resolutions.
  • Listen to the Shofar / Ram’s horn. This is the only commandment directly referenced in the Torah regarding the observation of the holiday. The shofar is a ram’s horn. It is blown during the New Year service by the Shofar blower.
  • Say the Rosh Hashanah blessings for the candles, wine, and challah (Hebrew: “bread”). The challah or bread, is round on Rosh Hashanah to symbolize the cycle of the year.
  • Eat apples dipped in honey. Apples dipped in honey is a traditional dish for Rosh Hashanah. This tradition signifies the hope for “A Sweet New Year.”
How to greet others

L’shanah Tovah!

The greeting is L’shanah tovah (“for a good year”). Pronounced: Shah-NAH to-VAH, empathise the capitals. This is a shortening of “L’shanah tovah tikatev v’taihatem” (or to women, “L’shanah tovah tikatevi v’taihatemi”), which means “May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year.”

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