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The Rosh Hashanah 2017 Calendar

The Rosh Hashanah 2017 Calendar

Rosh Hashanah 5778 observances—in calendar format


Rosh Hashanah’s primary service is the submission to the sovereignty of heaven. Therefore, on these days, even great and prestigious individuals serve G‑d in a manner which appears to be “simple”: constant recitation of Psalms, minimal sleep on both nights (to the extent possible), and particular care not to speak idle chatter . . .

Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn of Lubavitch.

Wednesday September 20—29 Elul

Women and girls light holiday candles tonight to usher in the holiday. See Light Festival Candles for the blessings, and Candle-Lighting Times for Holidays for local candle-lighting times.

After the evening services we wish one another, “Leshanah tovah tikateiv v’teichateim—May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year!”

After reciting the holiday kiddush benediction over wine (or grape juice), we eat the challah bread dipped in honey. It is then customary to eat a sweet apple dipped in honey; the head of a fish, ram, or other kosher animal; and a pomegranate. In different communities there are other traditional foods eaten at this meal. See Rosh Hashanah Eve Meal for more about this holiday meal.

Thursday September 21—1 Tishrei
First Day of Rosh Hashanah

Torah reading: Genesis 21:1–34; Numbers 29:1–6.
Haftorah: I Samuel 1:1–2:10.

All men, women and children should go to the synagogue to hear the sounding of the shofar. See the High Holiday Services and Events Directory to find a synagogue near you. No way you can make it? Contact your local Chabad-Lubavitch Center. They will do their best to arrange for a shofar-blower to pay you a personal visit.

The priests bless the congregation with the priestly blessing during the Musaf prayer.

Festive lunch meal; the challah is dipped in honey.

In the afternoon, the Tashlich prayer service, in which we ask G‑d to “cast away our sins into the depths of the sea,” is recited at a body of water (sea, river, lake, pond, etc.) containing fish. See What is Tashlich? for more on the Tashlich ceremony.

Women and girls light holiday candles using an existing flame tonight after dark to usher in the holiday. Click here for the blessings, and here for local candle-lighting times. A "new fruit" should be present on the table when the candles are lit. When reciting the shehecheyanu blessing, the kindler should have in mind the new fruit which will be eaten after kiddush. The same applies when the shehecheyanu is recited during kiddush.

After the holiday kiddush, before washing for bread, the new fruit is eaten. See Rosh Hashanah Eve Meal for more about this holiday meal.

The challah is again dipped in honey.

Friday September 22—2 Tishrei
Second day of Rosh Hashanah

Torah reading: Genesis 22:1–24; Numbers 29:1–6.
Haftorah: Jeremiah 31:1–20.

All men, women and children should go to the synagogue to hear the sounding of the shofar. See the High Holiday Services and Events Directory to find a synagogue near you. No way you can make it? Contact your local Chabad-Lubavitch Center. They will do their best to arrange for a shofar-blower to pay you a personal visit.

The priests bless the congregation with the priestly blessing during the Musaf prayer.

Festive lunch meal; the challah is dipped in honey.

Afternoon prayers.

18 minutes before sunset, women and girls light candles for Shabbat, using an existing flame. Click here for the text of the blessing, and here for local candle lighting times.

Evening prayers, followed by Kiddush and the Shabbat meal.

Shabbat September 23—3 Tishrei
Shabbat Teshuvah (Shuvah)

Torah reading: Parshat Haazinu, Deuteronomy 32:1-32:52.
Haftorah: Hosea 14:2–10; Micah 7:18–20.

Shabbat kiddush and meal. Challah is dipped in honey.

Afternoon and evening prayers are followed by havdalah.

Fast of Gedaliah September 24—4 Tishrei

All men and women over the age of bar or bat mitzvah fast from dawn until nightfall, in commemoration of the assassination of Gedaliah, governor of Judea. See Today in Jewish History for more about Gedaliah. Click here for fast beginning and end times in your location.

  • Pregnant and nursing women do not have to fast on this day. Someone who is ill should consult a rabbi.
  • During the morning prayers we recite selichot (penitential prayers).
  • The Torah is read during the morning and afternoon prayers (Exodus 32:11–14; 34:1–10). After the Minchah (afternoon) Torah reading, a special fast-day haftorah is read (Isaiah 55:6–56:8).
  • During the Amidah of the Minchah prayer, all those who are fasting add a small section, “Aneinu,” to the “Shema Koleinu” blessing.
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Aleph Haorh Philippines September 17, 2017

Some Jewish terms should be explained in English like for example, the word Aneinu and Shema Koleinu. Most readers may not be able to understand them. Thank you for posting this. Shalom. Reply

sam usa September 13, 2015

year 5776 started counting from what event? Reply

Anonymous September 11, 2015

I love my Israel !!!!! Reply

in response to Anonymous:

am an israelite Reply

Don FL September 20, 2014

Thank you for this essential information! May all of Israel, the land and the people, be blessed. Reply

Lew Rood Cape Town September 13, 2014

Information This is all extremely useful and worthwhile. Thank you, Reply

Niven A. Nolte Hermanus September 5, 2013

Thank you! What a generous and informative website, I thank you very much. Reply

Sidney Wilson October 2, 2011

Fast day haftorah Is the special haftorah today a deliberate decision or the product of ironic chance ?
I am that entity, the foreigner. To the best of my knowledge neither my parents or grandparents are jewish. So, I wonder if my jewish friends can understand my relief in the verses of a prophet of such magnitude as Isaiah. Here he is encouraging me , telling me that there is NO misunderstanding. But it is what he informs me that brings tears to my eyes - G-d WILL accept me. I have observed Rosh Hashanah but been unable to hear the shofar in synagogue . I have kept Shabbat holy but not heard anyone say Kiddush.
Today I will fast and remember Gedaliah but as I do, I reflect not only on the murder of one man but 80 others in a land left in pieces and utter chaos. The people chose to burn incense in Egypt rather than simply cross the synagogue threshold as was their right and duty. I wonder if this brought tears to G-d's eyes
I look forward to the day when we can all hear the shofar together. Reply

eleanor Albrightsville, PA/USA September 28, 2011

year 5771? So it is five thousand seven hundred and seventy-one years since the birth of Adam and Eve? Come on now! Reply

CAROLINE NAIDOO durban, south africa September 28, 2011

BLESSED I am so blessed to be a part of this treasure and wealth of knowledge and to share with and bless my fellow brothers and sisters for the season ahead. Shalom Reply

Matthew Rand Staten Island, NY September 28, 2011

To anonymous --product of mixed marriage As you know, only those born of a Jewish mother are born Jewish. But it is equally true to say that only those born of a Gentile mother are born Gentile, and they too have commandments to observe. These are called the Seven Laws of Noah. These are:

Do not commit idolatry
Do not commit blasphemy
Do not commit murder
Do not commit sexual immorality
Do not commit theft
Do not eat the limb from a living animal
Establish courts of justice

These laws are explained in detail in the Mishneh Torah. Chabad has been in the forefront in helping Gentiles in becoming observant of the Seven Laws.

For those of us who are the product of a mixed marriage, (like me!) , following the Seven Laws can bring a sense of wholeness to the internal divisive struggle we often have. There are no strange "Jewish-non Jewish hybrid" religious practices, just authentic Judaism for Gentiles. Reply

sofi venezuela September 18, 2010

calendar Thanks eh! but I would also like if u have it in calendar format to print the full year and the new one also untill 2012. Reply

Anonymous portsmouth, UK September 8, 2010

Light from many candles Thank you, from this product of a mixed marriage and who has never been able to practice what is deep in his heart. Reply

Anonymous Pikesville, Maryland via September 7, 2010

The Jewish New Year You are magnificent!
What would we have done without you? Reply

Mia Sherwood Landau Sherman, Texas September 6, 2010

This is a great asset, Thanks! I really appreciate this listing of all the times and prayers and customs. has formed the foundation of my education, filling my great hunger for knowledge. When reading and writing comments to video, audio and written teachings over the years I've noticed that many posters are converts or people who are not Jewish but just curious. I remember feeling awkward about utilizing the vast resources provided by Chabad online before I converted, before grasping the mission and purpose of the speakers and writers here. But now I am also a Jew in 5771. L'shana tova teketev v'etachetem! (May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year!) This is for everyone on this site this New Year! Reply

Anonymous September 5, 2010

what jewish year will it be? it will be the 5,771st year counting from the creation of the world! Reply

ELEANOR FLICK Albrightsville, PA, USA September 5, 2010

year If Rosh Shashona starts a new year, what year IS it? Reply

Rami derry, nh September 5, 2010

Jewish New Year?? You got me clicking and clicking! So,
what Jewish Year is it please(:o=?
signed the Bobbyrami Reply

Chani Benjaminson, August 11, 2010

Priests Hi, not sure what you're referring to, the kohanim or priests are not necessarily rabbis but are descendants of the priestly family of Aharon of the Tribe of Levi. When the Holy Temple stood they served in the Holy Temple, nowadays they bless the congregation on specific days (as mentioned in the guide above) and other ceremonial roles. For more information on priests in Judaism please see our knowledgebase's "kohen" entry. Reply

Anonymous August 11, 2010

???? since when do we call a Rabbi a priest? Reply

Leslie Mayerstein Mexico City, Mexico August 8, 2010

May God bless you As his chosen people, the keepers of His Word,

I admire and love you. Reply

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