Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

Every year beginning in September, Those of the Jewish religion are called upon to celebrate the High Holidays. Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is one of Judaism’s holiest days. Meaning “head of the year” or “first of the year,” the festival begins on the first day of Tishrei, the seventh month of the Hebrew calendar, which falls during September or October. Rosh Hashanah commemorates the creation of the world and marks the beginning of the Days of Awe, a 10-day period of introspection and repentance that culminates in the Yom Kippur holiday, also known as the Day of Atonement. Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are the two “High Holy Days” in the Jewish religion.This year, Rosh Hashana begins on Wednesday, September 20th and Yom Kippur starts on Friday, September 29th

When speaking with Rabbi Olshansky, of Congregation Bet Chaim, he had so much to say about the High Holidays. “Rosh Hashana is a big, big deal. It’s the start of the Jewish new year. Yom Kippur, which is the next week, is only slightly bigger. On a scale of 1 to 10, I’d say Rosh Hashana is a 9.5 and Yom Kippur is a 10. They’re tied to each other. The period in between is supposed to be a time of mending any fences, if you will, and reflecting on things that can be improved from the previous year. It’s said that on Rosh Hashana, You’ll either be written in or out of the book of life for the coming year. But on Yom Kippur, the book is sealed, meaning you’ve got that time in between to screw up or make your righteousness known.”

By: Genna Rose 

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