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Wed Sep 16, 2020, 12:20 AM

(Jewish Group) Rosh Hashanah FAQ


It’s the holiday that marks the Jewish new year. To celebrate, we eat apples and honey.


Rosh Hashanah 2020 begins at sundown Friday, September 18, ending at sundown on Sunday, September 20.


Since the holiday is commonly called the “Jewish New Year,” one would think Rosh Hashanah would mark the first day of the first month of the Hebrew calendar. It doesn’t: Tishrei, on the first day of which we celebrate this major holiday, is the calendar’s seventh month. Why, then, is it given the distinction of marking the new year?

This question is especially vexing considering that—like the old adage about two Jews and twice as many opinions—the Hebrew calendar marks several different occasions as New Year’s Day: For example, the first day of Nissan, the first month, is the yardstick according to which we measure the years of the reign of kings, while if we were concerned with the tithing of animals, the date to keep in mind would have been the first of Elul, the sixth month.


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madaboutharry Sep 16 #1

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Wed Sep 16, 2020, 12:26 AM

1. But still no family together.

Passover was on Zoom. Now Rosh Hashanah. Thanksgiving will be like this too. All the joy of the holidays is so hard to find now.

L’shana Tova to you, Behind the Aegis.

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