Rosh Hashanah 2012

Everything you need to know to celebrate the Jewish New Year.

When does Rosh Hashanah 2012 start?

Rosh Hashanah 2012 begins at sunset Sunday, September 16, and ends in the evening of Tuesday, September 18.

What is Rosh Hashanah?

Rosh Hashanah is the “Head of the Year”–literally, the Jewish New Year. It is different from the secular New Year in that its focus is about inner renewal, spirituality, and being judged by God for one’s actions over the past year, not merely a day of celebration. But there is also a celebratory element–Rosh Hashanah is the birthday of the world, after all, and both nights, it’s customary to have big, festive meals.



What foods do we eat on Rosh Hashanah?

There are many symbolic foods that are eaten on Rosh Hashanah. Honey, and honey cake, represents a sweet new year. Other foods–such as fish, beets, and carrots (in a sweet dish called tzimmes)–each symbolize different omens for a good year. On the second night, it is customary to eat a new fruit.

What are some Rosh Hashanah practices?

Many people attend services, involving special prayers for the holiday. The shofar is blown, calling us to prayer and repentance. And on the first day, some people perform the tashlikh ceremony, visiting a running body of water in order to cast away our sins.

What do I need?

Many people use special apple and honey dishes to serve their sweet treats. Candlesticks and challah boards are also helpful when welcoming in the holidays. For all of our High Hoilidays gifts–straight from Israel–shop in our online store.

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