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Rosh Hashanah

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 ]
/ ˈroʊʃ hɑˈʃɔ nə, -ˈʃɑ-, hə-, ˈrɔʃ; Ashkenazic Hebrew ˈroʊʃ hɑˈʃɔ nə; Sephardic Hebrew ˈrɔʃ hɑ ʃɑˈnɑ /
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noun

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.

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Origin of Rosh Hashanah

First recorded in 1840–50, Rosh Hashanah is from Hebrew rōsh hashshānāh literally, “beginning of the year”
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British Dictionary definitions for Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashana

/ (ˈrɒʃ həˈʃɑːnə, Hebrew ˈrɔʃ haʃaˈna) /

noun

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

Word Origin for Rosh Hashanah

from Hebrew rōsh hasshānāh, literally: beginning of the year, from rōsh head + hash-shānāh year
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Cultural definitions for Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah
[ (rosh-huh-shah-nuh; rosh-huh-shoh-nuh) ]

The festival of the New Year in Judaism, falling in September or October. Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and the eight days in between are special days of penitence.

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