Rosh Hashanah

What is Rosh Hashanah?

Rosh Hashanah is a celebration of the Jewish New Year. Unlike the secular New Year, Rosh Hashanah is ushered in with intense moral and spiritual introspection. Learn more with this overview to this biblically mandated holy day.

Preparing for the High Holy Days

The High Holy Days are the most widely observed Jewish holidays, beginning with Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and ending ten days later with Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.

Recipes for Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah is a holiday of celebration and introspection and many of the themes associated with the Jewish New Year are best expressed through the special foods that are traditionally served. Try some of these traditional recipes for Rosh Hashanah.

Shofar – The Sounds of Repentance

The sounding of the shofar, or ram's horn, is one of the most defining elements of the Rosh Hashanah observance. Use this study to explore the various meanings and spiritual lessons that are associated with this biblically mandated tradition.

The Three Spiritual Pillars

In preparation for the High Holy Days, Judaism employs Three Pillars -- repentance, prayer, and charity -- to help people ready their hearts. Join Fellowship President Yael Eckstein as she explains this personal journey of faith all Jews embark on at this time of year, beginning with the first spiritual pillar -- repentance.

Rosh Hashanah – A New Beginning

Watch now as Fellowship President Yael Eckstein shares her reflections on Rosh Hashanah, and the new beginning it represents for everyone.

Rosh Hashanah — Celebrating the New Year

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is observed on the first day of the month of Tishrei on the Hebrew calendar, which falls in September or October on the Gregorian calendar (the calendar in common use throughout the world). Learn more about the observations associated with celebrating Rosh Hashanah.

The Jewish New Year

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is observed on the first day of the month of Tishrei on the Hebrew calendar, which falls in September or October on the Gregorian calendar (the calendar in common use throughout the world). It is a holy day marked by intense moral and spiritual introspection.

Season of Repentance

Here is a personal reflection on Rosh Hashanah from Ami Farkas, a writer and photographer on staff in The Fellowship's Jerusalem office:

More Traditions

No work is permitted on Rosh Hashanah, and much of the day is spent in the synagogue. Many people read Psalm 33 and 130.

Recipes for the High Holy Days

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is a time of celebration and introspection. Many of these themes are best expressed through the special foods traditionally served during this holiday. Try some of these traditional recipes for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

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