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L'Shana Tova Tikosevu!  I'm Roz Fruchtman, welcome to Rosh Hashanah in CyberSpace.    Come in and join us for our Rosh Hashanah celebration.  Rosh Hashanah is the start of the Jewish New Year, and is celebrated during the month of Tishrei, which falls during September and/or October.  This year – 2011– Rosh Hashanah begins at sunset, Wednesday September 28, 2011. It is the Hebrew Year 5772.

Rosh Hashanah is considered the time of redemption, the day of judgment and is considered a solemn festival.  On this day, G_d Almighty decides the future fate for each and every Jewish individual for the coming year — a person's fate is judged yearly.  On Rosh Hashanah we are inscribed in the Book of Life. On Yom Kippur, which is ten days later, the Book is sealed.

The Book of Life

Although we are celebrating a New Year, it is also a time when we stand in judgment before our G_d.  This invokes a feeling of mixed emotions — the joy of starting over (a new beginning), and a time for reflection when one might look back on unpleasantness and/or misdeeds one might have committed against others or oneself.  It is a time when one hears the greeting L'Shana Tova Tikosevu (May you be inscribed for a good year!).  Rosh Hashanah and the coming holiday of Yom Kippur are the holiest holidays in the Jewish faith.

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In the Torah, Rosh Hashanah is also known as Yom Teruah which means the Day of Blowing the Shofar except when Rosh Hashanah falls on Shabbat (Saturday, our day of rest) the Shofar is not blown.  The Shofar or Ram's Horn is symbolic on this High Holiday and is the oldest wind instrument. It is blown a number of times during services.  When we hear the sound of the Shofar we are reminded to repent and return to G_d.

The Shofar

To indicate the hope for a sweet year, new fruits are added to the holiday dinner table.  These fruits may include any fruit that you have not as yet eaten this year, however, customary special fruit additions are: pomegranates, avocados, and persimmons.  It is also customary to dip apples and/or a piece of challah in a dish of honey or sugar to insure sweetness in the coming year.  These foods are eaten with the accompanying prayer: May it be Thy will, Oh Lord our G_d, to renew unto us a happy and pleasant New Year.

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The ritual of Tashlich falls out on the first day of Rosh Hashanah, except when the holiday falls on the Shabbat, at which time you would go on the second day.  The ceremony of Tashlich (Casting Away), consists of going to a river or lake and reciting certain prayers and throwing away our sins in the form of pieces of bread or bread crumbs.  At this time one asks G_d for forgiveness.  This ritual is done in the late afternoon.

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The days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are called The Ten Days of Penitence which is also known as the Ten Days of Teshuvah.  During the ten days, up until Yom Kippur (The Day of Atonement) one is to evaluate themselves and hopefully come to the realization that they are to do good in accordance with G_od's will.

I hope you will join us, perhaps we can all come away learning a bit more of the Jewish faith at this special season of the year — a time to start over and begin anew!

I have tried to gather the best resources that are directly related to Rosh Hashanah and hope that they will prove helpful in your holiday voyage in CyberSpace.

At Passover time I found that there was a serious lack of Jewish clip art and design sites available on the Internet. It prompted me to create a few of my own to offer to you — all I ask is a link back to my site.  These graphics can be found at Passover Graphics.  I will be adding to the collection with a Rosh Hashanah collection as well.

As always — if you have any suggestions of what you would like to see here, or suggestion of links to be added, please feel free to write me.  I will review them and add what is appropriate to the subject.

Sincerely,

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