Rosh Hashanah 5783

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Rosh Hashanah 2022 begins on the afternoon of Sunday, September 25, and ends on the afternoon of Tuesday, September 27, 2022. The celebration marks the beginning of days of reflection that culminate in the holiday of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement when a balance is made between what has been lived and spiritual purification is obtained.

Rosh Hashanah 5783 – Jewish New Year 5783

The Hebrew Lunar New Year is celebrated on the first and second day of the month of Tishrei, according to which, according to the Bible, God created the world.

The Hebrew Lunar New Year is celebrated on the first and second day of the month of Tishrei, according to which, according to the Bible, God created the world.

The celebration marks the beginning of 10 days of reflection that culminate on Yom Kippur, the day of forgiveness when a balance is made of what has been lived and spiritual purification is achieved.

New Moon of Elul

This sequence begins in Judaism with the new moon of Elul, the last solar month before Rosh Hashanah. Throughout the month, the sound of the shofar (ram’s horn) is heard early in the morning, calling Jews to repentance and reminding them of the approaching religious holidays.

The Jewish New Year is received with joy.

Its celebration takes place in the synagogue and is characterized by prayers, the inaudible sounds of our thoughts and souls, and the stirring sounds of the shofar.

For this festivity, families get together and have dinners where typical dishes are prepared to welcome the Jewish New Year.

Normally, grandparents, parents, children, siblings, uncles, aunts, and uncles gather, although sometimes friends are invited, above all it is an intimate family celebration. A beautifully decorated table is prepared, with the best dishes, glasses, and cutlery.

Apples and honey

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You can’t do without apples and honey, two things that symbolize sweetness. Honey is an omen of a sweet year to come. One eats challah bread and simple dishes of fish or chicken with honey and a ceremonial cup of sweet wine.

A fish head is placed on the table to “be a fish and not a tail,” said the sages, remembering that fruit that is sweet and in season is also eaten.

At dinner, wishes are made with wine and a slice of apple dipped in honey. For dessert, you can not overlook the honey cake. To wish each other a happy new year, they say “Shanah Tovah, Chatimah Tovah”, meaning to be inscribed and sealed.

Yamim Noraim

They form a unit known as Yamim Noraim (austerity celebrations). They are days of repentance and introspection, of recording of deeds and actions performed. That is why on Yom Kippur it is customary to ask forgiveness for the sins committed, pledging not to repeat them.

On this night forgiveness is asked and everyone should reconcile with those who have had problems or disagreements.

The criteria for the dates of the beginning of the year

For the celebration of the beginning of the Jewish year, there are two criteria: according to the Bible, (the month of departure from Egypt: Nisan), (March-April) would be the beginning of the month, the first of the months of the year (Shemot Exodus 12.2).

But then the Jewish tradition established the beginning of the year in the Jewish month of Tishrei (September-October) when the Jewish New Year or Rosh Hashanah is celebrated because it is considered the month of God’s creation. The first human being was created: Adam.

The celebration of Rosh Hashanah

It begins with the sounding of the shofar, which calls Jews to meditation, examination, and repentance. It is the first day of prayer, repentance, and charity that culminates in Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement).

It is also called the Day of Judgment and the Day of Remembrance, because on this day, according to tradition, God judges the people and opens three books:

One with the wicked (who are written and sealed for death), the other with the good people (who are recorded and sealed for life), and thirdly, those who will be judged on Yom Kippur.

Rosh Hashanah (Head of the Year) together with Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) form a unit of Jewish tradition called Yamim Noraim (Austere Celebrations). They are days of repentance and fasting, the balance of deeds and actions performed, special prayer, and sensitivity.

The first of Tishrei is not only the first day of the year but also the “head” of the year. Just as the head rules over the rest of the body, all the events of the year are also determined on this day.

With information from Mercosur Information Agency (AIM)

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