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Happy Rosh Hashanah 5774!

Posted by Dr. Fay on September 4, 2013

The Jewish New Year, based on the Hebrew calendar, begins tonight at sundown and ends at sundown on Friday.  We at SPIB want to wish L’Shanah Tovah and a sweet New Year to our Jewish friends and others who observe Rosh Hashanah .   May all of you be written in the Book of Life.

Here is Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Rosh Hashanah 2013 greeting.

Video retrieved from IsraeliPM.

We are indeed watching as God fulfills his prophecies about the future of His people Israel.

Here is a brief summary of how Rosh Hashanah is observed in the United States:

Rosh Hashana in United States

Rosh Hashana, also spelled Rosh Hashanah, is commonly known as the Jewish New Year.  The event begins on the first day of Tishrei (or Tishri), which is the seventh month in the Jewish calendar.

Many Jewish Americans celebrate Rosh Hashana (or Rosh Hashanah), which is also known as the Jewish New Year. Rosh Hashana starts on the first day of Tishrei (or Tishri), which is the seventh month in the Jewish calendar, and may last for two days. It is sometimes called the Day of Remembrance or the Day of Blowing the Shofar.

The shofar is an instrument that is blown during Rosh Hashana.The shofar is blown at some stage during Rosh Hashana.

©iStockphoto.com/Tova Teitelbaum

What do people do?

Many Jewish Americans observe Rosh Hashanah, known as the New Year in the Jewish calendar, for two days, while others celebrate the event for one day. It is a time of family gatherings, special meals and sweet foods. Many Jewish people celebrate Rosh Hashana by eating challah bread and apples dipped in honey.

Unlike the secular New Year in the Gregorian calendar (January 1), Rosh Hashana is a time of judgment and remembrance, on which God reviews and judges a person’s deeds in the past year. It is a time of prayer and penitence. All debts from the past year are supposed to be settled before Rosh Hashana. Many Jewish people in the United States seek forgiveness from friends and family prior to this event.

Some Jewish people perform the tashlikh. This is the custom of reciting prayers near naturally flowing water, such as a stream or river, and symbolically throwing one’s sins away in the form of small pieces of bread or other food. Many Jewish people perform tashlikh from places such as the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges in New York. Some people may use a fish pond or mikveh (ritual bath) if there is no local river or stream.

People of Jewish faith may take the day off work or organize time off during this time of the year, to observe the belief that no work is permitted on Rosh Hashanah. Much of the day is spent in synagogue, where the regular daily liturgy is expanded. The story of Abraham is read in synagogues and the shofar (ram’s horn) serves as a reminder that God allowed Abraham to sacrifice a ram instead of Abraham’s son, Isaac. The shofar is blown like a trumpet in the synagogue during this time of the year.

Read more.

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Some amazing shofar blowing:———————

Video retrieved from Temple Israel.

Many Christians also celebrate Rosh Hashanah.  The Christian Broadcasting Network’s annual Rosh Hashanah celebration will air as a Webcast tonight.

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