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Rosh Hashanah Guide

A comprehensive Rosh Hashanah guide that takes you from holiday preparations to the closing moments of this special holiday.

Day Before Rosh Hashanah
Erev Rosh Hashanah
Annulment of vows, mikvah, Psalms, and no shofar. These are some of the day-before-Rosh Hashanah observances.
Light Candles
Women and girls usher in the new year and the holiday of Rosh Hashanah with the holy light of the holiday candles.
New Year Greetings Explained
The meaning of the traditional New Year wishes
On Rosh Hashanah it is customary to greet one another with blessings and good wishes for a good year... Also, send electronic Shana Tova greeting cards to your family and friends!
Rosh Hashanah Dinner
Kiddush, New Fruit, apple and challah dipped in honey, and a host of other traditional Rosh Hashanah foods -- your complete guide to the holiday's evening meals.
When do we blow? Why a shofar? Who needs to hear the blasts of the ram’s horn? And much more . . .
Cast Away Sins
On the first day of Rosh Hashanah, we go to a lake, river or to the sea, and recite the Tashlich prayers, where we symbolically cast our sins into the water...
Laws of Yom Tov
Rejoicing, enjoying, resting from work
Just as there are sacred places, there are sacred times, times to celebrate, times when weekday activities do not belong.
Tzom Gedaliah Fast Day
What, why and how we mourn on the day after Rosh Hashanah
In memory of Gedaliah’s tragic death and its disastrous aftermath, we fast every year on the 3rd of Tishrei, the day after Rosh Hashanah.
What You Need to Know About Rosh Hashanah Services
Most of the natives are friendly and will be more than happy to help you out.
Laws of Carrying on Yom Tov
Learn some laws regarding carrying during Yom Tov.
Defrosting on Yom Tov for the Following Day
I’m wondering if it’s permitted to begin defrosting on the afternoon of the first day of Yom Tov something that we will eat that night?
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