Jewish New Year begins at sundown

Posted: September 28, 2011

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, begins at sundown tonight.

Marked by the blowing of a ram" horn known as the shofar in Hebrew, the holiday begins a 10-day period of repentance and reflection that ends with Yom Kippur, the day of atonement that is considered the holiest day on the Jewish calendar.

Rosh Hashanah is the first day of the month of Tishrei on the Hebrew calendar and coincides with the new moon.

The new year will be 5772 on the Jewish Calendar.

Traditional foods include apple and honey to symbolize a sweet start to the new year.

The traditional greeting is Shana Tova, which means "Good Year."


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