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Rosh Hashanah

Written by Zev on April 14, 2011 – 10:19 am -

Apple and Honey served in a silver bowl. These fruits are the traditional symbols of Rosh Hashanah, representing the sweet new year to come

The Jewish New Year or Rosh Hashanah as it translates into Hebrew, although the literal translation for Rosh Hashanah is “Head of the Year”

Rosh Hashanah falls during the month of Tishrei, and always ten days before the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur). Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are regarded by most as the most important days in the Judaic calendar, and are generally known as the Days of Awe or Yamim Nora’im, in Hebrew. Jews in the Diaspora normally will refer to Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur as the High Holidays.

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The Shofar

Written by Zev on September 29, 2008 – 5:35 pm -

The Shofar is a musical instrument, typically made from the horn of a ram, and used for Jewish religious purposes.

Today, most Jews hear its unmistakable wail while attending Synagogue during Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) and at the end of the Yom Kippur Fast (the Day of Atonement).

Here is a video demonstrating some common Shofar sounds:


We’ll take a look at the origin of this unique piece of Judaica and the various uses of the Shofar throughout Jewish history.


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