Rosh Hashanah 2011

Everything you need to know to celebrate the holiday.

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Rosh Hashanah begins at sunset on Wednesday, September 28, 2011. It is celebrated on Thursday, September 29 and Friday, September 30. Many Reform synagogues only observe the first day.

What is Rosh Hashanah?

day of judgementRosh Hashanah celebrates the Jewish new year. It takes place on the first and second days of the Hebrew month of Tishrei. Rosh Hashanah also marks the beginning of the Ten Days of Repentance, which finish at the end of Yom Kippur.

•    Read more about Rosh Hashanah from the time of the Bible to the time of the Temple.
•    Read more about why Rosh Hashanah is also known as the Day of Judgment.

What are some customs and practices for Rosh Hashanah?

shofarMany people who are not regular synagogue-goers find Rosh Hashanah an important time to attend services. The shofar is blown throughout services on Rosh Hashanah. On the first day, traditionally, Jews perform tashlikh, where they throw bread crumbs into a flowing body of water to cast away their sins.

•    Read more about tashlikh.
•    Read more about the shofar.

What foods are traditionally eaten on Rosh Hashanah?

apples and honeyEating apples and honey signifies a sweet new year. It is also customary to try a new fruit, preferably one that hasn’t been eaten in a while. Some also have a tradition of placing a fish head on the table to signify the beginning of the year. Here are some delicious recipes for Rosh Hashanah:

•    Tayglach
•    Honey Cake
•    Apple Cake
•    Sfratti
•    Tzimmes
•    Brisket
•    Watch the episode The Adventures of Todd & God: New Fruit.

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