September 21-22, 2017
Note: Holiday begins sundown on September 20.
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Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, is much more than the celebration of another year’s passing. Rosh Hashana is, after all, a celebration of the very creation of the world and a recognition of humankind’s relationship to the Creator. Fundamental to Judaism is the belief in an active G-d who is involved in our lives like a caring parent. G-d responds to our needs, but, at the same time, G-d also watches us and assesses our actions. On Rosh Hashana, G-d metaphorically closes out the year by reviewing the records of each person’s actions, judging each person’s merits and faults, and setting a verdict for the quality of each person’s year to come. Rosh Hashana is a day of judgment, we Jews therefore use the holiday to reconnect with G-d and to reassess our own lives.
Check out our guides to:
- Shofar Service
- Symbolic Foods
- Preparing for the New Year
- Hows and Whys
- The 10 Days
- Recommended Reading
- Rosh Hashana Essay
Download your Free Copy of Jewish Treats Complete Guide to Rosh Hashana.
Watch our High Holidays 101 web series featuring Rabbi Ephraim Z. Buchwald, Director of NJOP.