Shanah Tovah! Thank you everyone for coming to Rosh Hashanah services. Everyone had a BLAST hearing the shofar call in the New Year. See you all for Kol Nidre Services on Tuesday, October 8.
Rosh HaShanah (literally, “Head of the Year”) is the Jewish New Year, a time of prayer, self-reflection, and repentance. We review our actions during the past year. We look for ways to improve ourselves, our communities, and our world in the year to come. Additionally, the holiday marks the beginning of a 10-day period, known as the Yamim Nora-im (“Days of Awe” or “High Holidays”). This ushers in wish Rosh HaShanah and culminates with Yom Kippur (the “Day of Atonement”). Moreover, Jews say Shanah Tovah. Rosh HaShanah is widely observed by Jews throughout the world, often with prayer and reflection in a synagogue. There also are several holiday rituals observed at home. Rosh HaShanah is celebrated on the first day of the Hebrew month of Tishrei, which – because of differences in the solar and lunar calendar – corresponds to September or October on the Gregorian or secular calendar. Customs associated with the holiday include sounding the shofar, eating a round challah, and tasting apples and honey to represent a sweet New Year. Finally, Shanah Tovah. Happy New Year.