The #JewishNewYear, anniversary of the #creation of Adam and Eve, a day of judgment and coronation, and sounding of the shofar . . .
What: It is the birthday of the universe, the day God created Adam and Eve, and it’s celebrated as the head of the Jewish year.
When: The first two days of the Jewish new year, #Tishrei 1 and 2, beginning at sundown on the eve of Tishrei 1. #RoshHashanah 2017 begins at sundown on September 20 and continues through nightfall on September 22.
How: Candle lighting in the evenings, festive meals with sweet delicacies during the night and day, prayer services that include the sounding of the ram’s horn(shofar) on both mornings, and desisting from creative work.
Why Rosh Hashanah Is ImportantThe #JewishNewYear , #RoshHashanah actually means “ #HeadoftheYear .” Just like the head controls the body, our actions on Rosh Hashanah have a tremendous impact on the rest of the year.
As we read in the Rosh Hashanah #prayers , each year on this day “all inhabitants of the world pass before #God like a flock of sheep,” and it is decreed in the heavenly court “who shall live, and who shall die ... who shall be impoverished and who shall be enriched; who shall fall and who shall rise.” It is a day of prayer, a time to ask the Almighty to grant us a year of #peace , #prosperity and #blessing . But it is also a joyous day when we proclaim God King of the Universe. The #Kabbalists teach that the continued existence of the universe depends on God’s desire for a world, a desire that is renewed when we accept His kingship anew each year on Rosh Hashanah.
What’s It Called? ● The most common name for this holiday is Rosh Hashanah, the name used in the eponymous tractate of Talmud devoted to the holiday. ● The Torah refers to this day as #YomTeruah (Day of Shofar Blowing).1 ● In our prayers, we often call it #YomHazikaron ( #DayofRemembrance ) and Yom Hadin ( #DayofJudgement ) since this is the day when God recalls all of His creations and determines their fate for the year ahead. ● Together with #YomKippur (which follows 10 days later), it is part of the Yamim Nora'im (Days of Awe, or: #HighHolidays