What is Rosh Hashana?

This year, Rosh Hashana was celebrated on September 30-October 1st. Rosh Hashana is a two day holiday in the Jewish Calendar that announces the new year with a sound from a ram’s horn. It is a time of reflection of the previous year, and hope for the new one. Rosh Hashana is celebrated with families at home, and with communities. 

One of the most popular traditions is to dip apples in honey and make a toast meaning “may the year be as sweet as this.” Another tradition can be trying to brand new foods that you have never had before. This symbolizes being curious and adventurous in the new year. It also creates a fun common experience within a family when they all try something new together. 

The greeting to another person on Rosh Hashana is “Shana Tovah,” which is equivalent to “Happy New Year.” The longer version of that greeting is “L’shanah tovah tikatev v’taihatem,” which means “May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year.” This greeting comes from one of the metaphors in Judaism. Judaism believes that there is a book of life, and the prayer is that everyone is written for another year in the book of life. 

May peace be with everyone this year! Shana Tovah!

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