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Autumn Holidays Series: Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah Celebration in Jewish Culture as the New year and the first of the Jewish High Holy Days( or Days of Awe) as specified by Leviticus 23:23-25 during the late summer/ early autumn. This celebration will be held this year on September 25-27th, as this will be the 163rd day of Passover.

This is celebrated in the span of two days and symbolizes the beginning of the first civil month of the year and the seventh month of the ecclesiastical year. Rosh Hashanah customs include sounding the Shofar (a cleaned-out ram's horn), as written in the Torah, along with the guidance of the Hebrew Bible to "raise a noise" on Yom Teruah. Its rabbinical customs include joining synagogue services, reading a special liturgy of Teshuva, and enjoying festive meals. Eating symbolic foods is now a tradition, such as honey-dipped apples, hoping to bring forth a sweet new year.

Tashlikh is a ritual held around noon on the first day of Rosh Hashanah, where prayers are recited near flowing bodies of water, and sins are symbolically cast into the waters. Some throw pebbles or bread to symbolize these sins. In some communities, if the first day falls on Shabbat, they will delay the celebration of Rosh Hashanah til the next day.

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