Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah (Hebrew: ‫ראשהשנה‎, literally “head [of] the year”) is the JewishNew Year. The Biblical name for this holiday is called Yom Teruah (Hebrew: ‫יוםתרועה‎, literally “day [of] shouting/raising a noise”) or the Feast of Trump according to the correct biblical calendar of the 1st and 2nd temple period, not Rosh Hashanah. It is the first of the High Holy Days or Yamim Nora’im (“Days of Awe”) which usually occur in the early autumn of the Northern Hemisphere. Rosh Hashanah is a two-day celebration, which begins on the first day of Tishrei. The day is believed to be the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve, the first man and woman, and their first actions toward the realization of humanity’s role in God‘s world. Rosh Hashanah customs include sounding the shofar (a hollowed-out ram’s horn) and eating symbolic foods such as apples dipped in honey to evoke a “sweet new year”.


Enjoy this acrostic poem about Rosh Hashanah from


Return Each Year to Test the Ancient Waters:


 Return each year to test the ancient waters,

Opening the unaccustomed heart.

So may you retain a Jewish soul,

Having given it its yearly outing.

Here your parents meet your sons and daughters,

A junction wrought by well-established art,

Severing the spirit from the role,

Holding in its golden words your routing.

All you’re left with is what really matters,

Needing, to be whole, to be a part,

At least this once a year a Jew of old,

Holy in this place despite your doubting.


Reflection: Re-read the poem. Notice what word or line stands out for you. Write it down below this sentence.

Carry it with you this day, and pause 3-5 times to speak it aloud. At the end of the day journal about this experience.


L’Shanah Tovah Tikatevu  (May you be inscribed (in the Book of Life) for a good year)



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