Rosh Hashanah Guide for the Perplexed
by Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger
September 1, 2021
The evening of September 6, 2021 will launch the 5782th Jewish New Year. The Hebrew word Rosh (ראש) means first/head/beginning and Hashanah (השנה) means the year. The root of the Hebrew word Shanah is both “repeat” and “change.” Rosh Hashanah constitutes an annual reminder of the need to enhance one’s behavior through a systematic study of moral values, learning from experience and avoiding past errors. Rosh Hashanah ushers-in the Ten Days of Repentance, which are concluded on Yom Kippur. The New Jewish (lunar) Year is the only Jewish holiday, which is celebrated upon the appearance of a new moon, proceeding from relative-darkness to a fully-illuminated moon in the middle of the month. READ MORE
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