Rosh Hashanah Jewish Holiday: History, Traditions and Customs of High Holidays

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Rosh Hashanah Jewish Holiday

Rosh Hashanah Jewish Holiday

Jewish people use this greeting with each other to wish Happy New Year or a good and sweet year on Rosh Hashanah, The Jewish New Year. It is one of the most important days of the year celebrated in Judaism. This article will provide you with all the information about Rosh Hashanah Jewish Holiday which includes:

Rosh Hashanah History

Rosh Hashanah Traditions and Customs

Rosh Hashanah Traditional Menu and the final one is,

Rosh Hashanah Greetings 

It’s the only Jewish holiday that is two days long both outside and inside Israel. Without waiting much, let’s find out more about Rosh Hashanah: what it means and how it is celebrated below.

What is Rosh Hashanah: Rosh Hashanah Meaning and History

Happy Rosh Hashanah

Happy Rosh Hashanah

First, Rosh Hashanah marks the beginning of the Jewish New Year as mentioned in the Bible (Leviticus 23:23-31). Rosh Hashanah meaning as translated roughly in English is “head of the year”. The festival lasts for two days each year and this year it starts on the evening of Friday, September 18th.

In addition to that, Rosh Hashanah also commemorates the anniversary of the creation of the world, sometimes called the “birthday of the universe” and is considered to also be the time when God made his connection with man by creating first human-beings named “Adam and Eve” in the Garden of Eden.

Lastly, it is a time for people to reflect on the sins committed in the past year and to ask for forgiveness in front of God for any misdoing they have done in that year. In the evening of Rosh Hashanah, families get together for traditional meals and ask questions about important things in their life, things achieved in the last year and their plans for the coming year.

Happy Rosh Hashanah

Happy Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah 2020 will begin in the evening of Friday, September 18and ends in the evening of Sunday, September 20.

The High Holidays starts with Rosh Hashanah and ends on the tenth day of “Days of Awe” called Yom Kippur. Yom Kippur is the most religious day in the Hebrew calendar. It roughly translates to “Day of Atonement” and on this day, Jewish people followed a very strick Yom Kippur Tradition as they are not allowed to eat or drink for twenty-five hours while attending prayer services in the synagogue.

Rosh Hashanah Traditions: How is Rosh Hashanah celebrated?

Happy Rosh Hashanah

Happy Rosh Hashanah

Every Jewish holiday consists of families getting together and eating delicious traditional food and Rosh Hashanah is no different. On Erev Rosh Hashanah,  it is customary to recite the festival candle blessing and Kiddush. Part of Rosh Hashanah Celebration at Home is fruits like apples, grapes, pomegranate and traditions round bread known as Challah– dipped in honey, which symbolizes the hope for sweetness and blessings in the year ahead.

Also, during the Days of Awe (Rosh Hashanah till Yom Kippur), Jewish people spend a lot for their time in synagogues; reciting prayers called “Selichot” and asking for God’s forgiveness.

The blowing of the shofar is also a part of Rosh Hashanah tradition. If you don’t know what is shofar and why shofar is blown on Rosh Hashanah then you will find these facts below very interesting.

Happy Rosh Hashanah

Happy Rosh Hashanah

Shofar is an ancient musical instrument made of Ram’s horn. It is customary to blow the shofar 100 or 101 times on each day of Rosh Hashanah. The sound of the Shofar marks the beginning of the festival and call for repentance.

According to Jewish teaching, Abraham substituted a ram for the boy, averting Isaac’s death. Although the key message focuses on Abraham’s faith and against human sacrifice, the story stands as one reason we blow a ram’s horn on Rosh Hashanah. Source: ReformJudaism

A special ceremony called Tashlich  is also conducted by people on the first day of the Jewish New Year. The part of the ceremony is to break and throw small pieces of bread in the running water such as streams, river etc. which symbolizes casting away our sins.  If the first day of Rosh Hashanah falls on Shabbat, Tashlich is done on the second day of Rosh Hashanah.

Rosh Hashanah Traditional Menu: What is traditional food for Rosh Hashanah?

Eating symbolic foods is very common at the celebrations of many Jewish holidays, and at Rosh Hashanah, these foods symbolize the hope of a good, happy, successful new year. Most festive meals begin with apples dipped in honey to ensure everybody will have a sweet year ahead. A special braided bread knows as Challah is baked in round shape and raisins are also added to it. The round shape represents the passage of time and the cyclic nature of the year. You will also find pomegranates on the table as well. It is because of the reason that pomegranates supposedly contain 613 seeds. Thus, Jews display their desire to fulfill God’s 613 mitzvoth (commandments from the Torah) by eating the pomegranate.​

Rosh Hashanah Greetings: What is the proper greeting for Rosh Hashanah?

During Rosh Hashanah, Jewish people do not wish each other by saying Happy Rosh Hashanah like modern-day New Year. They greet each other by saying L’shanah tovah, which means “for a good New Year”.

To learn more about how to wish someone Rosh Hashanah, please read: How to greet someone on Rosh Hashanah?

That was all in this article about Rosh Hashanah Jewish Holiday and I hope that you have afound all the information that you were looking for. Do not forget to check out the other article on Rosh Hashanah 2020. Please do not forget to share the article with your friends and family and do not forget to wish them on Rosh Hashanah.

May you all have a great new year ahead.

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