Jewish Holidays: Rosh Hashana

The Rosh Hashana 2010 holiday

The origin of Rosh HaShanah, the Jewish New Year, is Biblical (Lev. 23:23-25): "a sacred occasion commemorated with loud blasts (of the Shofar, the ram's horn)."

The Bible refers to the holiday as Yom Teruah (the day of the sounding of the Shofar) and Yom Zikaron Teruah (the day of remembering the sounding of the Shofar).

Rosh HaShanah is both a solemn and happy day. It is a time for introspection, asking for forgiveness, giving forgiveness, resolving to do better, remembering G-d is our King and Judge, and praying for a healthy and happy year to come.

Although Rosh HaShana, the Jewish New Year, is a day of soul-searching and repentance, it is a happy day. We believe G-d is merciful and will forgive our bad deeds from the previous year. And we are excited to begin a new year in which we will do more good deeds.

The joy of this upcoming New Year's day is reflected in the holiday's food customs, which include eating sweet foods to symbolize our hope for a sweet New Year.

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