(“Good and Sweet Year”)
If you are the praying type: For those of you I have wronged or hurt this past year, I sincerely and earnestly ask for your forgiveness. I hope you too would celebrate Rosh Hashanah with me by taking this epic journey for the soul and asking other for forgiveness and being willing to forgive.
Tonight at sundown will be the start of Rosh Hashanah and will last until night fall on Sunday (Sept 15 to Sept 17).
Rosh Hashanah is the beginning of the High Holy Days and will end in 10 days on Yom Kippur. The shofar horn in blown on this day as a call to deeply and intensely reflect on and examine your life, make amends with people you have wronged, and ask forgiveness for broken vows. This is a time to ask God for repentance and is considered an “epic journey for the soul.“
Hear the shofar horn (warning: 11 minutes long)
- Jewish New Year
- Celebrating the day God created Adam and Eve (it’s not really a ‘birthday’ since they weren’t really born…)
- Proclaim God as King of the Universe
- Ask God to grant you a year of peace, prosperity, and blessing
- The shofar horn itself refers to Abraham binding his son, Issac, to be offered to God. God then provides a Ram as a substitute for Issac (Movie Recommendation: His Only Son)
- Pray using the machzor (holiday prayerbook)
- Have a festive meal, including challah loaves, apple dipped in honey, head of a fish or ram, pomegranates
- “Rosh Hashanah” is referred to in the Bible as “Yom Ha-Zikkaron (the Day of Rememberance) or Yom Teruah (the day of the sounding of the shofar) and is established in Leviticus 23:23-25
- No work is permitted on this day – most of the day is spent in the synagogue