ROSH HASHANA (Jewish New Year)

Every year, you will not be surprised to hear, Rosh Hashana pops up in September and celebrations take place up and down the country. The jubilation of a new year is something not to be taken lightly. Read on to see how it is all done …


Rosh Hashanah ushers in the beginning of the Jewish year and is a holiday that celebrates the creation of the world, something that’s reflected in its name, which means “head of the year” in Hebrew.

One of the most important ways that Rosh Hashanah is observed is with the sounding of the shofar, an instrument made from a ram’s horn. The blowing of the shofar is not just a tradition, but actually a commandment that must be done every morning of Rosh Hashanah, unless the first day of the holiday falls on Shabbat (the Sabbath). The sound of the shofar is a call to repent, and the holiday period – from the eve of Rosh Hashana – ends at Yom Kippur, the day of atonement.

In order to symbolize the hope for a sweet new year, bread is dipped into honey instead of salt. Sweetness for a sweet and happy new year is also why many people eat apple slices dipped in honey at the start of a Rosh Hashanah meal, one of the holiday’s most famous practices.

Celebrating the birth of new babies throughout the past year, dancing, singing, good food and, of course, wine and family atmosphere are all part of the merriment.

of the hsbits of the holiday

of the habits of the holiday