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What Jewish Holiday Is In September?
Rosh Hashanah, one of the most significant holidays in the Jewish calendar, is celebrated in September. This two-day festival, which is marked by an array of religious and cultural traditions, marks the start of the Jewish New Year.
The literal meaning of Rosh Hashanah is “head of the year” and it symbolizes the start of a ten-day period of reflection, repentance, and prayer. This period, known as the High Holidays, culminates in the joyous festival of Yom Kippur, or the Day of Atonement.
During the two days of Rosh Hashanah, Jews recite special blessings, attend prayer services, and gather with family and friends for festive meals. Apples are often served with honey, a traditional symbol of the wish for a sweet new year.
A longstanding Jewish custom is the sounding of the shofar, a special ram’s horn trumpet. Its beautiful and powerful sound serves to remind Jews of the need for self-reflection and teshuvah, the act of repenting for past wrongs.
On the first night of Rosh Hashanah, a special ceremony known as tashlich is celebrated. This involves going to a body of water, such as a lake, pond, or river, and saying a prayer to symbolically “cast away” the sins of the past year.
Rosh Hashanah is a holiday of beginnings; a moment to look back and reflect upon the year that has passed and look forward to the year ahead. As Jews celebrate, they remember the power of teshuvah and hope for a sweet and peaceful New Year.