or Rosh Ha·sha·na, Rosh Ha·sho·noh, Rosh Ha·sho·no
[rohsh hah-shaw-nuh, -shah-, huh-, rawsh; Ashkenazic Hebrew rohsh hah-shaw-nuh; Sephardic Hebrew rawsh hah-shah-nah]
- a Jewish high holy day that marks the beginning of the Jewish New Year, celebrated on the first and second days of Tishri by Orthodox and Conservative Jews and only on the first day by Reform Jews.
Origin of Rosh Hashanah
First recorded in 1840–50, Rosh Hashanah is from the Hebrew word rōsh hashshānāh literally, beginning of the year
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- the festival marking the Jewish New Year, celebrated on the first and second days of Tishri, and marked by penitential prayers and by the blowing of the shofar
from Hebrew rōsh hasshānāh, literally: beginning of the year, from rōsh head + hash-shānāh year
Word Origin and History for rosh hashanah
Jewish new year, 1846, from Hebrew rosh hashshanah, literally "head of the year," from rosh "head of" + hash-shanah "the year."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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