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About Rosh Hashanah

About Rosh Hashanah

Courtesy Farbrengen Magazine
Courtesy Farbrengen Magazine

Put those party hats away! Getting the year started is serious business!

New Year's day is for us Jews not a time for frivolous rejoicing, but rather a solemn day of prayer. It is the Day of Memorial when all creatures of the earth are remembered by the Creator and judged according to their merits.

Yet, solemn and awe-inspiring though this day is, we know that the Supreme judge of the universe is kind and merciful. He is not out to punish us, but merely wants us to follow the laws and regulations He laid down for us for our own good. He has made this Day of Judgment a day of forgiveness and mercy.

Rosh Hashanah does not find us unprepared. In the month of Elul the approach of Rosh Hashanah was heralded by the daily sounding of the shofar in the synagogue (except Saturdays). During the month of Elul the Jew is particularly careful in the observance of the religious precepts --he takes more time for his prayers, he finds himself overflowing with charity and lovingkindness, and resolutely determines to cast away his evil ways and habits of the past.

And a wonderful feeling grips the heart of the true repenter, as if a magic hand has removed the heavy burden that has been weighing upon it in the past. It is the feeling of being able to begin life anew, like a newly born innocent child, with no blemish on his record.

Such is the feeling that the Jew brings with him into the synagogue on the first night of Rosh Hashanah. He finds himself close to G-d, with his prayers pouring out from the very depth of his heart.

Excerpted from The Complete Story of Tishrei, published and copyright by Kehot Publication Society, Brooklyn NY
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August 26, 2013
Games to play on Rosh Hashana
Hi, can anyone suggest games to play with kids on yom tov? Ages 4 - 10year olds? thank you so much!
Veronica
Canberra Australia
April 13, 2011
story-Rosh Hashanah
What is the story behind Rosh Hashanah ???????
Rosh McCole
England
January 6, 2011
how do they celebrate it?
leah
September 12, 2010
Greeting
Hi! The traditional greeting is 'shana tova', or 'have a good and sweet year' in English.
Chani Benjaminson, chabad.org
September 8, 2010
Greeting
What is the traditional greeting on Rosh Hashanah?
Anonymous
Los Angeles, CA
October 27, 2009
awesome
shawn
sutherland, NE
September 29, 2008
Thanks!
It's good to have a devar Torah for the holidays as well!
Shulie Rena Cooper
Silver Spring, Maryland
February 19, 2008
i do like it thanks
matyn
tzeen, south africa
November 2, 2007
ROSH HASHANAH
This indeed, is not for children!! It is for people like me ,as well!!!! I am a 55 yr old woman and I've learned something today!!!!!!! I found this website looking for candy apples and I now, know a place for education. Thank-you!!!!!
sonia ternobvoy-evans
powell river, canada


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