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The Jewish Calendar


Jewish Calendar 5781

 

Rosh Hashanah (The Jewish New Year's Eve), sometimes called the Feast of Tumpets takes place on the first and second day of the Jewish month of Trishei. The final act of divine creation is commemorated, especially the sixth day, when God created the human. On that day, the Jewish people are repentant towards God, awaiting forgiveness and mercy.

 

The celebrations begin at dusk of the day before. The shofar (an horn, hence the name Feast of Trumpets) is sounded during the morning prayer. Its sound, almost always of a ram, calls all Jews for meditation, auto-analysis and a return to the path of justice (Teshuva). It is the first of the days of return and introspection, balancing of acts and performed actions, prayer and increased sensibility (Aseret Yemei Teshuva) that finish with Yom Kippur (The Day of Atonement). According to the tradition, after sounding the shofar, candles are lit for the both days of the celebration, festive meals are present. Furthermore, activities such as working, driving and using household appliances are avoided. 

 

The traditional foods of Rosh Hashanah include heads of fish, sheep or other animals, bread and apples dipped in honey or pomegranate. The feast lasts for two days in Israel and the Diaspora. 

 

We wish you a happy and sweet Rosh Hashanah!! 

 

Jewish Calendar 5781