NEW Jewish NL'ers Celebrate Rosh Hashanah

How to Jew: Rosh Hashanah

It is taught that Rosh Hashanah has an influence over our whole year, as it is when God decides our fates for the coming year. Rosh Hashana begins on Wednesday night, and Yom Kippur, the day of atonement, is marked the following week.

On Rosh Hashanah it is traditional to eat honey, usually in cake form, or by dipping an apple in it, which signifies a sweet new year as well as fish heads, to symbolise the head of the year.

When is Rosh Hashanah and what time does it start?

Last year it was held on October 2 and the date changes each year. Jewish leaders say it's a time for reflection and repentance.

Rabbi David Mason showing students at Simon Marks Jewish Primary School how to use a shofar, or ram's horn.

Rosh Hashanah 2017 begins at sundown on September 20 and continues through nightfall till September 22 sunset. "I would like to wish Jews in India and across the globe a very happy new year".

Rosh Hashanah is celebrated with a candle lighting ceremony.

The length of celebrations vary; Orthodox Jews in the diaspora observe the festival for two days, while it's only one day for other denominations, but the theme of the day is the same for everyone: judgement.

A central practice of Rosh Hashanah is the sounding of the shofar, or ram's horn, which we are required to hear during prayer services.

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