Rosh Hashanah Essay

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Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah heads the year of Jewish festivals and traditions. Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year and is usually celebrated for two days in September or October, depending on when it falls in the Hebrew calendar. Rosh Hashanah celebrates the creation of the world and is a time for reflection and self evaluation. It is celebrated on the first day of the seventh month (the month of Tishri). Rosh Hashanah is celebrated by
Orthodox Jews everywhere and is one of the Jewish tradition's holiest days. Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year but, in contrast with the New Year of other peoples, it is greeted not with noise and joy, but with a serious and repentant heart. Rosh Hashanah is known by many names and
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After they light the candles and say kuddish, each person at the table dips a slice of apple into the honey. Then a blessing is recited over the fruit. A pomegranate is said to has 613 seed. This number corresponds to the number of mitzvoth, or types of good deeds, that Jews as a society must perform. A pomegranate on the holiday table announces to the heavenly court that as many seeds as there are, that's how many good deeds have been performed over the year. Hallah bread is commonly served on Rosh Hashanah. A ladder, turban like shape, to the Hallah bread expresses the wish that the family's prayers might ascend to heaven. Dough baked in the shape of a bird also represents the same wish. It also stands for the words of the prophet Isaiah: As birds protect their young, so will God protect Jerusalem. Some time between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, it is customary to throw bread crumbs into a body of water as a symbolic act of repentance. Most Jews do tashlich the afternoon of the first day of Rosh Hashanah. Family and friends gather together at the waterfront to "cast away" the sins of the past year and resolve to be better in the year to come. Tashlich is a way to admit our own faults and symbolically shed the baggage if last year's mistakes. In the villages of Eastern Europe it was custom before the
New Year for a messenger to
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