• Rosh Hashanah-STBM-Messer

רֹאשׁ הַשָּׁנָה

rosh ha-sha-nah

Rosh Hashanah, commonly known as the “Jewish New Year,” is one of the most important and greatly anticipated holidays of the year. (See Lev. 23:23–25.)

The season of Rosh Hashanah is colored by personal renewal. It is a great time to say goodbye to the old, and welcome in the new.

Rosh Hashanah is known by several names, one of which is Yom Teruah (the Day of Shofar Blowing). It is also called Yom Hazikaron (the Day of Remembrance) and Yom Hadin (the Day of Judgment), as it is the day when the Almighty determines our future for the year to come.

This time period is when God presides over His Heavenly Courtroom. The opening of the trial commences on Rosh Hashanah and extends until Yom Kippur.

This High Holy Day is commemorated by several observances, including:

  • The blowing of the shofar (ram’s horn)
  • Greeting one another with phrases such as Shanah tovah u’metukah (“Have a happy and sweet New Year”)
  • The custom of tashlich—going to a body of water and symbolically casting away
    mistakes and shortcomings from the previous year
  • Eating round challah loaves dotted with raisins, dipped in honey to symbolize a sweet New Year (challah is a braided loaf of bread, traditionally baked to honor Shabbat)
  • Dipping apples in honey

Rosh Hashanah not only begins a new year, but has also been thought of as God’s coronation ceremony in which we crown God as King. The round challah which is prepared and eaten on this holiday is symbolic of both the year’s cyclical nature, as well as the crown with which we desire to crown God as King of the world.

Rosh Hashanah is a two-day observance which begins the evening of September 29th this year and lasts until the evening of October 1st (Tishrei 1 and 2 on the Hebrew calendar).

Happy Rosh Hashanah! May you all have a Happy and Sweet New Year!

24…In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall be a solemn rest unto you, a memorial proclaimed with the blast of horns, a holy convocation.

(JPS 1917, Lev. 23:24)

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