What is Rosh Hashanah?



September 14, 2023

What is Rosh Hashanah?

Rosh Hashanah marks the beginning of the Jewish calendar, which is entering the year 5784, and is celebrated as the Jewish New Year. The Jewish year begins in the fall with the month of Tishrei, and Rosh Hashanah occurs on the first and second days of the month of Tishrei. 

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement that follows ten days after Rosh Hashanah, are known as the Days of Awe. In Jewish thought, Rosh Hashanah is also considered to be the Day of Judgement and the day when the world was created. All these aspects focus on the transition from the old year to the new, from reflecting on and repairing mistakes and challenges from the past year, to setting goals and hopes for the new year.  

Traditional Ways to Observe Rosh Hashanah:

Rosh Hashanah traditions are as ancient and varied as the Jewish people. Here are some of the traditional observances and practices for Rosh Hashanah: 

Setting Intentions for the New Year:

In addition to Rosh Hashanah’s traditional practices, the New Year can be a time for setting intentions and practices that focus on wellness and joy for the upcoming year. Here are some suggestions for a gentle beginning to a sweet new year:

Across the world, all kinds of Jewish people find meaningful ways to welcome the new year with their families, friends, and communities. May this year be filled with joy, abundance, and connection. Shanah tovah, best wishes for a sweet new year!