Unlock the Secrets of Rosh Hashanah.
By: Babita Singh
Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, commences at sundown on Friday night
This holiday marks the beginning of the Jewish High Holy Days.
Jewish people observe Rosh Hashanah on the first and second days of the
Hebrew month Tishrei.
"Rosh" in Hebrew signifies "head," symbolizing the start of the Hebrew year 5784.
The blowing of the "shofar," a ram's horn, is a mitzvah and a central holiday tradition.
The shofar serves as a spiritual alarm clock, guiding individuals toward a meaningful start to the new year.
Oval-shaped challah bread is common in Jewish celebrations
, but for Rosh Hashanah, a round challah is customarily baked.
The circular shape symbolizes the passage of time, and adding sugar or cinnamon sweetens the new year's outlook.
Apples and honey are traditional Rosh Hashanah foods, symbolizing a sweet and fruitful year ahead.
To greet a friend with wishes for a happy new year, you can say L'Shana Tovah!