Rosh Hashanah 2019 (5780) begins on the evening of Sunday, September 29 and ends on the evening of Tuesday, October 1.
What is Rosh Hashanah? L’Shanah Tovah! (That means Happy New Year in Hebrew!) Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year, the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve. So a pretty important day. But instead drinking copious amounts of sparking wine and going to the club, we have apples & honey and go to shul. But it's fun, I swear! Here's what you need to know.
Rosh Hashanah begins the High Holidays- the most important time of year to be a Jew! This ends on Yom Kippur (that's when we fast to repent for our sins.) Rosh Hashanah is pretty similar to secular New Year's in that we think about the past year, and how we can improve the next year. Instead of a ball dropping in Time's Square, we blow the shofar (ram's horn) as a call to repent.
What do we eat?
Ah the all-important question. Most popular is apples dipped in honey, for a sweet New Year. Many people use fancy Apple & Honey Dishes because this tradition is so important. We also eat "new fruit" like pomegranate and round challah (it's the circle of life, cue the Lion King.) Some eat a fish head to symbolize moving forward. I'll stick with my honey!
What do we need?
And bonus points if you own your own shofar.