1st & 2nd day of Tishrei - Jewish New Year
Rosh Hashanah occurs on the first two days of the Hebrew month of Tishrei. Rosh Hashanah means “head of the year” and is the celebration of the beginning of the Jewish New year.
Rosh Hashanah is the Day of Judgment, when God remembers and judges all human deeds and sins. During this holiday we sound the shofar, or ram’s horn, which is meant to awaken our slumbering souls to time’s passage and to what we have done, and more important, what we could do with our lives. A total of 100 notes are sounded each day. Another popular observance during this holiday is eating apples dipped in honey, a symbol of our wish for a sweet new year.
The ten days that follow are days of repentance, judgment and atonement. This period is devoted to careful examination of who we are in an attempt to become cognizant of the ways we can improve our relationships; with ourselves, with others, and with God.