Learning about Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah September 25-27

Rosh Hashanah (Sept. 25th-27th) 

Rosh Hashanah is one of the holiest days in Judaism as it serves as the Jewish New Year. Rosh Hashana also serves as the commemoration of the creation of the world, marking the day that God created Adam and Eve. The celebration of Rosh Hashanah is often a much more somber occasion compared to the standard New Year’s celebrations that many think of. On this holy day, work is prohibited and many religious Jews spend much of the holiday at Synagogues celebrating by singing and reading from specific religious texts, particularly a special prayer book known as the Machzor. Another essential tradition of Rosh Hashanah is the sounding of the shofar, as the instrument’s sound serves as a call to repentance and a reminder to Jews that God is their King.  

While the celebration of the holiday tends to be focused on ceremonial practices there is still the opportunity for members of the Jewish community to celebrate the occasion with a feast.  A Rosh Hashanah feast traditionally includes apples dipped in honey, pomegranates, challah, honey cake, and fish. If you’re interested in learning more about Rosh Hashanah, then you can take a look at some of the links below: