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Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year.
Next to home, the Synagogue is the most important place on Rosh Hashanah. Over the next two days, the entire community will spend the majority of time praying at the Synagogue and listening to the Shofar.
The Shofar is a Ram's Horn which is blown somewhat like a trumpet.
At sunset, with family gathered at home, Rosh Hashanah is welcomed with the lighting of two candles.
Traditional Jewish foods accompany this holiday's festive meal.
It is a custom to eat sliced Apples dipped in Honey, which symbolizes our wish for a goood and sweet year.
We also spread the same Honey on a slice of Challah (traditional Shabbat and
The challah is made in a round shape to symbolize a crown, a reminder of the kingship of God.
It also stands for the circle of life, and the hope that our lives endure without end.
A Pomegranate seeds on the holiday table announces to the heavenly court that as many seeds as there are, that's how many goood deeds have been performed over the year.
A bunch of sweet yellow dates is always a welcome addition of color, decoration and sweetness.
The traditional meal includes the head of a Fish to symbolize the "head" (rosh) of the year.
Fish, because they are numerous, are used as symbols of fertility and prosperity, and because their eyes are always open and they see everything, they stand for knowledge.
We eat sweet Carrots (in Yiddish Carrots are called Mern - means to multiply) which is called Tzimmes, a mixture made from Carrots, Cinnamon, Yams, Prunes and Honey. The Carrots are traditionally cut in the shape of coins, another symbol of wealth for the New Year.
A Honey Cake, for dessert, finalizes this holiday's meal.
Rosh Hashanah commemorates the anniversary of the creation of the world. It is celebrated on the first and second days of the Hebrew month, Tishri.
Depending on the solar calendar, Rosh Hashanah occurs in September or October.
A final and important tradition is sending each other greeting cards wishing a goood year and prosperity.
New Year cards are an excellent way to reconnect with family and friends far and near. Many families use this time of year to catch up with each other and let friends and relatives know about some of their most significant achievements and upcoming events.
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Have a Goood new year