Rosh Hashanah

Literally, the “head of the year” or “first of the year,” Rosh Hashanah is often referred to as the Jewish New Year. On the Jewish calendar the holiday begins on the first of Tishri. The Jewish New Year marks the beginning of a time for introspection — a time to look back at the mistakes of the past year and to plan for the changes in the new year, continuing through the Days of Awe and Yom Kippur. The very nature of this holiday as with most Jewish Holidays is marked by special prayer melodies called High Holiday Nusach which people look forward to hearing and singing all year long. Included in these is the popular “Avinu Malkeinu.”

Listen to the link below and hear the entire congregation singing with feeling and devotion.

 Significance: New Year

Observances: Sounding the Shofar

Length: 2 days (Some: 1 day)

Customs: Dipping apples in honey; casting off “sins” into a river

Greeting: L’shanah tovah! (For a good year!)

Date: September 9-11, 2018


High Holiday Musical Link