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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Veronica Canberra Australia 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! Reply

Rosh McCole England April 13, 2011

story-Rosh Hashanah What is the story behind Rosh Hashanah ??????? Reply

leah January 6, 2011

how do they celebrate it? Reply

Chani Benjaminson, chabad.org September 12, 2010

Greeting Hi! The traditional greeting is 'shana tova', or 'have a good and sweet year' in English. Reply

Anonymous Los Angeles, CA September 8, 2010

Greeting What is the traditional greeting on Rosh Hashanah? Reply

shawn sutherland, NE October 27, 2009

awesome Reply

Shulie Rena Cooper Silver Spring, Maryland September 29, 2008

Thanks! It's good to have a devar Torah for the holidays as well! Reply

matyn tzeen, south africa February 19, 2008

i do like it thanks Reply

sonia ternobvoy-evans powell river, canada 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!!!!! Reply

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