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Sundown marks start of Rosh Hashanah

7:59 AM, Sep 4, 2013   |    comments
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(WBIR) Today at sundown the two-day Jewish holiday, Rosh Hashanah, will begin.

Rosh Hashanah means "Head of the Year" and marks the first day of the Jewish year.

According to the Jewish faith, Rosh Hashanah is the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve and highlights the relationship between God and humanity.

The focal point of the holiday is the sounding of the "shofar" - a ram's horn. This call signifies the call to repentance because Rosh Hashanah serves as the first of the "Ten Days of Repentance," which caps off with Yom Kippur, the "Day of Atonement."

Additional Rosh Hashanah observances include:

  • Eating a piece of apple dipped in honey: Symbolizes the hope for a "sweet year"
  • Blessing one another with the words, "Leshanah tovah tikateiv veteichateim" (May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year)
  • A special prayer said near a body of water called the "Tashlich"

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