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Thursday, December 5, 2013,
2 Tevet 5774.
The Jewish New Year falls on the 1st of the Hebrew month of Tishrei and commemorates the creation of the world as narated in the Bible and is the beginning of the ten "Days of Awe".
Celebrated over two days, Rosh Hashanah is thought to be the most important day of judgment on which we all pass before God for examination. The sustenance of every person are apportioned for the ensuing year, as are their destined losses.
Used in ancient times to announce the new moon and to call the people together, the"shofar" [a trumpet made from a ram's horn] sounds, both to gather us together and to mark a new year signifying the need to wake up and repent.
Whilst the holiday itself is solemn, all the food served on Rosh Hashanah must be frutier, spicier and sweeter than any other time of year. Apple dipped in honey, honey cake and apple cake is traditionally served and for the second night of this festival, there should be special food with a prayer for thanks for the gift of life. Sweet on the tongue and light as air, the special challot baked in honour of the New Year are not plaited in the usual way but wound in a spiral reaching symbolically towards heaven!
A time for families and friends to gather, it truly is a special time of year in which hopes are renewed and personal challenges made for a better year ahead.
At HRS we hold equal services in both the main Synagogue and Kingsley Fisher Hall. If you are not a member and would like tickets to attend, please contact the Synagogue office for details on 0208 203 4168. We do not provide Machzorim, but these can be ordered in advance or purchased direct from The Book Shop at the Sternberg Centre.
For more detailed information on this Festival please click on this link.
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