"The most important thing to do on Rosh Hashanah is to engage in heartfelt reflection and introspection. And eat lots of apples and honey! It is a time to take stock of one's actions, behaviors, and relationships over the past year.
Here are some key practices that are considered essential during Rosh Hashanah:
- Hearing the Shofar: The blowing of the shofar (ram's horn) is a central aspect of the holiday, symbolizing the awakening of the soul and calling people to repentance.
- Prayer and Reflection: Engage in personal prayer and contemplation, whether at home or at synagogue or both. Take time to reflect on your actions and relationships over the past year, identify areas for improvement, and set meaningful intentions for the year ahead.
- Symbolic Foods: Partake in the symbolic foods associated with Rosh Hashanah, such as apples dipped in honey for a sweet new year and pomegranates for abundance.
- Giving to Charity: Engage in acts of charity and kindness aka tzedakah. Helping others and performing good deeds are believed to positively influence one's fate for the coming year. Practice Tikkun Olam- healing the world.
- Spending Time with Family: Rosh Hashanah is a time for families to come together, share meals, and celebrate the holiday's significance. Spending time with loved ones enhances the spirit of the holiday.