Thursday, September 17, 2020

Shana Tovah 5781

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, begins tomorrow, Friday, September 18, 2020, at sunset and lasts until Sunday nightfall, Sept. 20, 2020.  Rosh Hashanah literally means head [first] of the year.

Rosh Hashanah begins the High Holy Days for Jews, known as the 10 Days of Awe, Yamim Noraim or the Days of Repentance.  The culmination of the Days of Awe is Yom Kippur [on Sunday night, Sept. 27, 2020] the Holiest Day for Jews.  

On the Jewish calendar Sunday night begins the year 5781.

The Days of Awe, beginning with Rosh Hashanah, is a time for serious introspection, a time to consider the sins of the previous year and repent before Yom Kippur [the Day of Judgement]

One of the most important observances of Rosh Hashanah is the sounding of the Shofar [a ram's horn] in the synagogue.  A total of 100 notes are sounded each day.

A common greeting for Rosh Hashanah is Shana Tova, "for a good year."  This is short for Shana Tova Tikatevu ve-Techatemu  "May God write and seal you in the book of life for a good year."

Also, frequently said is Shana Tovah Umetukah in wishing all to have a good and sweet year.  

The blowing of the Shofar on Rosh Hashanah:

To all a blessed, good, peaceful, and sweet year!


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