Rosh Hashanah begins on the first day of the Hebrew month of Tisrei and is one of the two most important high holidays.
WASHINGTON – In the next few weeks, Jews around the world will gather to celebrate the High Holidays.
There are two major holidays also known as the High Holidays, the first of which is Rosh Hashanah, which celebrates the Jewish New Year.
Attending synagogue services to hear the shofar, a sacred ram’s horn, blown, and eating apples and honey are some of the key ways to celebrate Rosh Hashanah. Apples represent hope for fertility and honey symbolizes longing for a sweet year.
Rosh Hashanah often involves a ritual called tashlich, where you throw bread onto running water to symbolically shed the past year’s sins.
Rosh Hashanah is believed to mark the date of the creation of the world and it also begins the “Days of Awe” or “Ten Days of Atonement,” a 10-day period culminating with Yom Kippur.
Yom Kippur is the holiest day in the Jewish calendar and also one of the somber observances of the year. Jewish adults who observe Yom Kippur typically fast for about 25 hours (beginning at sunset the night before). However, Jewish doctrine states that anyone whose health may be at risk from fasting is exempt and should still eat and drink water on Yom Kippur.
When is Rosh Hashanah?
Rosh Hashanah 2022 begins at sunset on Sunday, September 25 and ends at sunset on Tuesday, September 27, 2022.
It begins on the first day of the Hebrew month “Tishrei”. The Jewish calendar is primarily lunar based and the Gregorian calendar is solar based, which is why it can feel like high holidays in the US are “late” or “early” at times. However, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are always observed on the same days in the Jewish calendar.
What do you say to someone on Rosh Hashanah?
There are many acceptable ways to greet someone celebrating Rosh Hashanah. It’s a celebratory holiday, so if you want to keep it simple, Happy New Year works just fine.
Jews often greet each other with “Shanah tovah” (pronounced shah-NAH toe-VAH), meaning “Good year.”
Is Rosh Hashanah a Public Holiday?
No, Rosh Hashanah is not a public holiday in the United States.
When is Yom Kippur?
Yom Kippur 2022 begins Tuesday, October 4 at sunset and ends Wednesday, October 5 at sunset.
What do you tell someone about Yom Kippur?
Unlike Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur is a somber holiday, so don’t say “Happy Yom Kippur” to anyone.
Instead, you could tell someone to “fast lightly.” Some have recently taken to wishing people a “meaningful fast” instead. This acknowledges that fasting on Yom Kippur is not necessarily meant to be an easy task.
Another traditional greeting is “G’mar chatima tova” (pronounced gih-MAR chah-tee-MAH toe-VAH), which basically means “May you be inscribed in the book of life forever.” In Jewish tradition, fate is believed to be decided on Rosh Hashanah and sealed on Yom Kippur.
https://www.king5.com/article/news/nation-world/rosh-hashanah-what-to-know-about-jewish-new-year-greetings-time-2022-date/507-e3be0d28-d82a-4bee-ae78-be89cdb2999f When is Rosh Hashanah 2022? Can you say Happy New Year?