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Rosh Hashanah

Jewish people from around the world are observing Rosh Hashanah today.

Rosh Hashanah marks a new year in the Jewish calendar. According to the calendar, today marks the start of the year 5769. 5769 is a rough calculation of the beginning of the world, according to the book of Genesis

Rosh Hashanah is the first of the High Holidays. As part of their journey over the next 10 days, the Jewish people will focus on repentance that will conclude with the holiday of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, the holiest holiday of the year.

To the Jewish people, the high holidays is a period of introspection. Followers will have a kind of spiritual stocktaking to review one’s moral failings and to resolve to live a better life.

Also part of the holiday, is the “memorial of blowing” the shofar, the ram’s horn. The shofar is a summons to spiritual re-awakening .

The Bible refers to the holiday as Yom Ha-Zikkaron (the day of remembrance) or Yom Teruah (the day of the sounding of the shofar). The holiday is instituted in Leviticus 23:24-25.


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