or Rosh Ha·sha·na, Rosh Ha·sho·noh, Rosh Ha·sho·no
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What is Rosh Hashanah?
Rosh Hashanah is a Jewish holiday that marks the start of the Jewish New Year.
In Judaism, Rosh Hashanah commemorates the creation of the world, and is considered one of holiest days of the year for Jews. It starts a period of penitence that culminates nine days later on Yom Kippur, which is considered the holiest day of the year and is devoted to atoning for sins (it is also called the Day of Atonement). This period is referred to as the High Holidays or the Days of Awe.
Rosh Hashanah is observed differently within different sects of Judaism, but it’s often observed with penitential prayers, the blowing of the shofar (a ram’s horn used as an instrument), and special services, including readings from a prayer book called the mahzor. Rosh Hashanah is a day of rest on which Jews are forbidden from doing work.
Rosh Hashanah is sometimes spelled Rosh Hashana, Rosh Hashonoh, or Rosh Hashono.
A traditional greeting for Rosh Hashanah is L’Shana Tova, which means “good year.”
When is Rosh Hashanah?
Rosh Hashanah is celebrated each year at the beginning of Tishri, the first month of the Jewish calendar. Orthodox and Conservative Jews celebrate it on the first and second days of Tishri, while Reform Jews celebrate it only on the first day. Because the Jewish calendar is a lunisolar calendar, the specific dates on which Rosh Hashanah falls change each year.
In 2021, Rosh Hashanah will begin on the evening of September 6. In 2022, it will begin on the evening of September 25.
More information and context on Rosh Hashanah
The first records of the name Rosh Hashanah in English come from the mid-1800s, but its origins are ancient. It comes from the Hebrew rōsh hashshānāh, meaning “beginning of the year.” (The word rosh means “beginning” and is also used in the term Rosh Hodesh, which refers to the beginning of a new month in the Jewish calendar.)
Rosh Hashanah is often observed as a time for somber reflection. According to Jewish tradition, the period that begins with Rosh Hashanah and ends with Yom Kippur is when God renders judgment, so many Jews use the time to pray and make amends for the wrongs they have committed.
A Rosh Hashanah ritual known as Tashlich involves participants gathering along the banks of a river or stream and symbolically casting off their sins and reciting prayers of repentance.
Some Jews wear new clothes on the day and use special table settings during the meal, which consists of food symbolizing positive wishes for the new year. Traditional dishes include challah and apples dipped in honey.
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For Jews, Rosh Hashanah is often a time of somber reflection while also being a time to celebrate the new year.
Shana Tova! We wish everybody a happy new year! Stay safe and full of sweetness as we celebrate Rosh Hashanah! pic.twitter.com/FWzblF5SLL
— Jewish Museum London (@JewishMuseumLDN) September 18, 2020
Every end of summer I forget that it’s almost Rosh Hashanah and then when my grandma reminds me I get so excited because it means it’s almost apple cake time!!!!!
— Finding Allie 🐱☕️ 🏳️🌈 (@alliegator1004) August 14, 2021
realizing that I’ll be moving into my dreamy cozy new house right as Rosh Hashanah begins?? 🥺😭✨ and feeling very amazed and grateful for the growth and love I’m already receiving as I head into this new year 5782. It is, as they say, good vibes only
— Ellie (@lil_Elliephant) August 18, 2021
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His last attempt was through the prince of Rosh with the nations mentioned in the beginning of this chapter.
Will she then become united to Russia and march under the prince of Rosh into the land of Israel?
Persia, which is even now in part occupied by Russia, will finally be a vassal to this prince of Rosh.
The prince of Rosh, means, therefore, the prince or king of the Russian empire.
All students of Prophecy are agreed that this is the correct meaning of Rosh.