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10 September 2018
Two-day Jewish New Year festival.
Rosh Hashanah, which translates as “the head of the year” is the Jewish New Year festival. It commemorates the creation of the human race and is also a day of God’s judgement and personal reflection on one’s good and bad deeds over the year.
- the blowing of the Shofar, a trumpet made from a ram’s horn
- foods emphasising sweetness, such as apples dipped in honey, as a symbol of a sweet new year to come
- serving round challah bread as a symbol of the year’s circle
- pomegranates are also served – its many seeds symbolize fruitfulness; they are also said to have 613 seeds, which correspond to the 613 commandments of the Torah
- prayers said by flowing water with sins symbolically cast off into the stream.
Find out more about Rosh Hashanah on the following websites:
- BBC – Religions – Judaism: Rosh Hashanah – includes audio file of the blowing of the Shofar
- Rosh Hashanah – Wikipedia
- Judaism 101: Rosh Hashanah
See also the following publications for schools, available from RE Today: