|ABOUT THE ROSH HASHANAH and
the HIGH HOLIDAYS
Rosh Hashanah, literally “head of the year”, is the
Jewish New Year and one of the Jewish people’s holiest of
days. Rosh Hashanah, which occurs on the first and second
days of the Hebrew month of Tishrei (September – October),
also celebrates the world’s creation.
The Jewish New Year celebration has little in common with
the secular celebration of New Years Day in January. The
traditions and rituals of Rosh Hashanah are not associated
with partying, fireworks, or football games, rather they are
devised to encourage contemplation, reflection, and
self-evaluation. They reinforce the notion of our
responsibility for our life, our conduct and our actions.
The most popular symbols of Rosh Hashanah are the Shofar,
the ram’s horn that is blown as part of prayer services, and
the apple dipped in honey, which represents the prayer for a
sweet new year.
An interactive guide to the four fall-holidays that
occur during Tishrei, the first month of the Jewish
Calendar, when Jews celebrate Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur,
Sukkot, and Shmini Atzeret/Simchat Torah, each with its
unique rituals, customs, and meaning.
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ROSH HASHANAH is COMING
Before Rosh Hashanah,
the holiday that celebrates the Jewish New Year, the
neighborhood kids flock to Grandma Sadie’s house
where it’s always fun.
Grandma Sadie and the kids play a Rosh Hashanah game
and learn about the holiday’s main traditions, such
as the blowing of the Shofar and Rosh Hashanah’s
The second edition of this book includes the Grandma
Sadie Guide to Rosh Hashanah Traditions, which
explains the rituals associated with the holiday,
such as the blowing of the Shofar, and an
image-based list of the main symbolic foods eaten at
the festive meals (head of a fish, pomegranate, and
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