Rosh Hashanah, also known as the Jewish New Year, starts this week from sundown on Wednesday evening through Friday. It is considered to be the “birthday of the world”, the day that G-d created humans, and on this day everyone is judged by G-d for the coming year. Rosh Hashanah is also considered a renewal of the relationship between G-d and humans. The two days of holiday are considered a fairly solemn celebration, spent in synagogue where the shofar (a trumpet-like instrument made from the horn of a ram or goat) is sounded as a ceremonial call to repentance. Apples and honey are traditionally eaten, symbolizing the wish for a “sweet” new year, along with other symbolic foods.
As the holiday is observed as a day of rest, JFCS will be closed on Thursday and Friday! The blog will resume next Tuesday after lots of apples and honey have been eaten. Have a very sweet new year, everyone!
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