Rosh Hashanah 2016 (5777) begins in the evening of Sunday, October 2 and ends in the evening of Tuesday, October 4.
Rosh Hashanah 2017 (5778) begins in the evening of Wednesday, September 20 and ends in the evening of Friday, October 22.
Rosh Hashanah 2018 (5779) begins in the evening of Sunday, September 9 and ends in the evening of Tuesday, September 11.
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 blog 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?
New Year's Cards to send to friends.
And bonus points if you own your own shofar.