Observed on the first day of the Hebrew month of Tishrei, Rosh HaShanah (literally, “Head of the Year”) is the celebration of the Jewish new year and marks the beginning of the Yamin Noraim – a ten day period of prayer, self-examination and repentance, which culminates with the fast day of Yom Kippur.
Despite elements of joy and celebration, Rosh HaShanah is a deeply religious occasion. The customs and symbols of Rosh HaShanah reflect the holiday’s dual emphasis: happiness and humility. Special customs observed on Rosh HaShanah include the sounding of the shofar, eating round challah and eating apples dipped in honey.
Click here to hear the sound of the Shofar: