Wednesday, September 08, 2010

A Sweet Year ~L 'Shana Tova

This evening begins the holiest days of the year for the Jewish people (contrary to belief, Chanukah is not one of them). The Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah is widely known and celebrated as the New Year's Day of the Jewish calendar, but actually Rosh Hashanah has a fourfold meaning.

  • It is the Day of Judgment as Jews worldwide examine their past deeds and ask for forgiveness for their sins.
  • It is the Day of Shofar blowing as the Shofar (the ram's horn) is blown in temple to herald the beginning of the 10 day period known as the High Holy Days.
  • It is the Day of Remembrance as Jews review the history of their people.

  • And of course, it is celebrated with its special prayers, and festive and sweet foods such as apples and honey, to ensure sweetness in the New Year.
Wishing all who celebrate Rosh Hashanah a sweet and healthy New Year!

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1 comment:

Raina Cox said...

Such a beautiful post!