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What is Rosh Hashanah?

Rosh Hashana is the new year for the Jewish people. It is a fall holiday, taking place in the seventh month of the Jewish year, Nissan, and is a time of rejoice and introspection of the year’s previous actions.

How do we celebrate it?

We celebrate Rosh Hashana by going to shul to pray, blowing the shofar, making challahs in a round shape to symbolize the eternal cycle of life, and dipping apples in honey to hope for a sweet New Year.

What is the history behind Rosh Hashanah?

The historical origins of Rosh Hashanah may be linked with royal enthronement rituals with biblical times, although the Bible does not mention it as the New Year when talking about the holiday. Even though Rosh Hashanah falls out in the seventh month of the Jewish year, rabbinic traditions later designated it to become the beginning of the new year. It is associated with the day the world was created.

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