What is Rosh Hashanah?           

Rabbi Mendy of the chabad of Raleigh gets ready for Rosh Hashana by blowing the shofar. every day a month before Rosh Hashana.(Photo used with permission of Rabbi Mendy)

Most people at Leesville just see Monday the 26 off as just any other teacher work day. For a small group of people at Leesville it marks the beginning of the holiest days of the year.

Rosh Hashanah is the beginning of the ,new year for Israeli people. Israeli people, like many other groups of people, do not follow the Gregorian calendar. Israel follows the Jewish calendar which is why the new year is not in January but in September.

On Rosh Hashanah Jews “go to Temple and you do holy day services,” said Tillie Noise, a sophomore at Leesville. A temple, also called a synonoge, is similar to a church; it is where Jews Daven (pray). 

While at synagogue, Jewish people will hear the shofar being blown over a 100 times, a shofar is the horn of a kosher animal such as a ram, goat, ibex, or a gazelle.

“Jewish people commonly eat apples and honey,” said Brandon Hirsch, a sophomore at Leesville. This is to hope for a sweet new year. Jewish people will also commonly have a large dinner at the end of the day with family and friends to celebrate the coming of the new year. 

A week after Rosh Hashanah, Jews will have the holiest holiday, Yom Kippur, which is where Jews ask God to forgive sins from the past year. On Yom Kippur Jews dress up in white and do not wear leather to symbolize purity.


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