Wondering what it is all about? Traditionally, Rosh Hashanah is celebrated with prayer, blowing of the Shofar (a Ram's Horn), holiday meals with some special foods and a Tashlich or Casting Off of Sins Ceremony. In Hebrew, Rosh Hashanah means, literally, "head of the year" or "first of the year." Rosh Hashanah is commonly known as the Jewish New Year. This name is somewhat deceptive because there is little similarity between Rosh Hashanah, one of the holiest days of the year, and the American midnight drinking bash and daytime football game.
One of the key traditions of this holiday is to hear a Shofar blown. The shofar is a ram's horn which is blown somewhat like a trumpet. The loud noise can be scary for some, and other kids love it. The idea behind the Shofar being blown is that it is a wakeup call to start atoning for the sins/mistakes of the previous year because the day of atonement is close. It is important to keep your child quiet when they blow the Shofar – from the first blessing until after the Shofar is blown, so everyone can hear it.
THE FOOD OF THE HOLIDAY
The meals provide a wonderful opportunity for a family to get together, enjoy each other’s presence, and reflect about the past year and be optimistic for the upcoming year. Some fun foods to enjoy while celebrating this holiday are apples dipped in honey, pomegranates, the round challah or egg bread with raisins and honey cakes.
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