ROSH HASHANA

Rosh Hashanah (Hebrew: רֹאשׁ הַשָּׁנָה‎), literally meaning "head [of] the year", is the Jewish New Year. The biblical name for this holiday is Yom Teruah (יוֹם תְּרוּעָה‎), literally "day of shouting or blasting", and is also more commonly known in English as the Feast of Trumpets. It is the first of the Jewish High Holy Days (יָמִים נוֹרָאִים‎ Yamim Nora'im. "Days of Awe") specified by Leviticus 23:23–32 that occur in the early autumn of the Northern Hemisphere.

 

Rosh Hashanah is a two-day celebration that begins on the first day of Tishrei, which is the seventh month of the ecclesiastical year. In contrast to the ecclesiastical lunar new year on the first day of the first month Nisan, the spring Passover month which marks Israel's exodus from Egypt, Rosh Hashanah marks the beginning of the civil year, according to the teachings of Judaism, and is the traditional anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve, the first man and woman according to the Hebrew Bible, and the inauguration of humanity's role in God's world.

 

Rosh Hashanah customs include sounding the shofar (a cleaned-out ram's horn), as prescribed in the Torah, following the prescription of the Hebrew Bible to "raise a noise" on Yom Teruah. Its rabbinical customs include attending synagogue services and reciting special liturgy about teshuva, as well as enjoying festive meals. Eating symbolic foods is now a tradition, such as apples dipped in honey, hoping to evoke a sweet new year.

GUIDE

ABC'S OF ROSH HASHANAH

A handy checklist of everything you need to know for the New Year.

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ALL ABOUT ROSH HASHANAH

Pictoral view of all you need to know about Rosh Hashanah

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TASHLICH

All about Tashlich; throwing your sins into the water.

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CUSTOMS

Laws and customs of the holiday meals.

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SHOFAR

Shofar symbolism and hear their sounds.

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GET INSPIRED

A TIME OF EVALUATION

Rosh Hashanah is a time of evaluation. But to accurately assess your performance this year, you have to know your job description. Judaism asserts that every soul comes into this world charged with a unique, positive purpose.

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DEEPEN YOUR HOLIDAY EXPERIENCE

A free 18-page compendium of inspirational articles to deepen your High Holiday experience.

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ROSH HASHANAH MUSIC VIDEO

An inspiring music video by students of Aish Jerusalem.

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ELUL QUEST TO CHANGE

When you don’t know where to begin in your Elul quest to change, start here.

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PREPARATION

Three ways to prepare for your personal judgment day.

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KEEP IN MIND

A few things to keep in mind as Rosh Hashanah draws near.

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G-D'S CHILD

If you want G-d to treat you as His child, you must treat other people as your brothers and sisters.

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RECIPES

A DELECTABLE ROSH HASHANAH MENU

Roasted pomegranate and sage chicken and other perfect dishes for a sweet new year.

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ALLERGY FRIENDLY RECIPES FOR THE NEW YEAR

With creativity and persistence, allergy-free food can be oh so sweet.

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AUSPICOUS FOODS

Cooking with the symbolic foods we eat Rosh Hashanah night.

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RECIPES BY JAMIE GELLER

Get all of your Rosh Hashanah recipes and ideas in one place here. Whatever you are looking for, from appetizers to desserts to DIY tablescaping, you'll find them all here.

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APPLE SPICE MUFFINS

Healthy apple spice muffins are so delicious, you will forget that they are good for you! From Overtimecook.com by Miriam Pascall

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A ROSH HASHANAH SALAD

Pomegranate and Apple Salad with Pomegranate Vinaigrette

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ICE CREAM ROLL

Strawberry Mango Ice cream roll, from the Bais Yaakov Cookbook Sample Pages

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HONEY FREE

Honey-Free Rosh Hashanah Recipes

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CHALLAH

A Round Honey Challah.

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FAMILY FUN

HOLIDAY COLORING BOOK

Print and Enjoy

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MAZES, PUZZLES, WORD SEARCHES

and much more!

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FAMILY GUIDE

Easily understandable for kids.

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