September 9, 2021
What is Rosh Hashanah?
This week our Jewish friends celebrated Rosh Hashanah. One of the most important holidays in the Jewish calendar, Rosh Hashanah is a time to celebrate the Jewish New Year as well as the Creation of the World. It is also a time for reflection, introspection and prayer.
For those who aren’t familiar with this holiday, here are five fun facts:
- It always falls 163 days after Passover.
- It never falls on a Wednesday, Friday or Sunday.
- A musical instrument called a Shofar, traditionally made from the horn of a ram, is blown to signal the start of the New Year.
- The holiday begins at nightfall.
- It is customary to eat sweet foods, like apples and honey, symbolizing the desire to have a sweet year blessed with abundance.
As my friend Shelley shared with me, it is ALWAYS a time for family to get together, enjoy a festive meal and spend time with each other. And isn’t that the most important thing about any holiday?
So, we’d like to wish all of you (regardless of your religious persuasion or lack thereof) “L’shanah tovah” – which translates to, “For a good year!”