Rosh Hashanah, literally the “head of the year” is the Jewish New Year. It is a time of inner renewal and divine atonement.
Many people go to a Tashlich service where they throw bread crumbs into a naturally running body of water as a means of casting away their sins. On the second night of Rosh Hashanah it is customary to eat a new fruit, a symbol of newness.
Rosh Hashanah is celebrated on the first day of the Hebrew month of Tishrei, which typically falls out in early to mid-September. Since the Jewish day begins at night, the holiday commences on the evening before the Gregorian date that corresponds to Tishrei 1. Click here to find out exactly what time Rosh Hashanah begins.