What is Rosh Hashanah? – Birthday of the World
Rosh Hashanah is the day on which God completed the creation of this world by creating Adam. The original man. Adam’s very first act was to proclaim the Almighty as King of the Universe.
The Book of Life:
On the first evening of Rosh Hashanah, after services we exchange the traditional blessing. “May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year.” Our sages explain that on Rosh Hashanah, we all stand in judgement before God – “Like a flock of sheep before the shepherd.” If we are worthy we are “inscribed” in the Book of Life. Ten days later on Yom Kippur, the Book is sealed. Through repentance, prayer, and charity, we can sweeten the decree, and merit God’s blessings for health, well-being, ad prosperity for the coming year.
Rosh Hashanah Observances: The Shofar
On Rosh Hashanah, we hear the sounding of at least the first thirty of the prescribed blasts of the shofar, the ram’s horn. The shofar, the oldest anhd most soulful of wind instruments, has many meanings. Among them:
*It proclaims the coronation of God as King of the Universe.
* It awakens us to “repent” and returns to God.
Special Rosh Hashanah Foods:
It is customary to eat foods symbolizing sweetness, blessings and abundance. Ww dip the challah in honey and afterwards, on the first night, we eat a piece of apple dipped in honey.
What is Yom Kippur? An Eternal Bond
Though these Days of Awe, as they are often called are solemn they are not sad. In fact, Yom Kippur is, in a subtle way, one of the happiest days of the year. For on Yom Kippur, we received what is perhaps God’s most sublime gift: His Forgivness.