Jewish Holidays - Rosh Hashanah/Yom Kippur - Chart 1

Jewish Holidays - Rosh Hashanah/Yom Kippur - Chart 1

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Primer
Don't know tashlich from tishrei? Don't understand why your Jewish co-workers seem to take off an awful lot this time of year? A High Holiday primer:

 
When It Falls
  • Sundown Oct. 3-Sundown Oct. 5, 2005
  • 1-2 Tishrei
  • Sundown Oct. 12-Sundown Oct. 13, 2005
  • 10 Tishrei
  • Meaning
  • New Year--anniversary of creation of the world
  • Day of Judgment--when God begins deciding humans' fates for the coming year
  • Day of Atonement--humans' fates for the year are sealed by God
    Essential Mitzvah Hearing the shofar (ram's horn) blown. (The shofar will not be blown the first day of the holiday this year because it falls on the Sabbath.) Fasting. No eating or drinking during the holiday
    Customs & Laws
  • Eating apple dipped in honey to symbolize a sweet new year
  • Seeking forgiveness from others and granting them forgiveness for slights committed during the past year
  • Tashlich, symbolically casting sins--in the form of bread crumbs--into a body of water
  • Festive meal before the fast begins
  • Prayer services almost the entire day
  • Kol Nidre is recited at nightfall of the beginning of the fast
  • Wearing white clothes
  • Not wearing leather
  • Recitation of penitential and confessional prayers
  • Related Food
  • Apples and honey
  • Round challah bread
  • Fish head, so "we should be as a head, and not a tail"
  • No food allowed for Jewish adults
    Biblical Source "In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall be a solemn rest unto you, a memorial proclaimed with the blast of horns, a holy convocation."
    (Leviticus 23:24)
    "And on the tenth day of the seventh month, there shall be a holy convocation for you, and you should afflict yourselves."
    (Numbers 29:7)
    Traditional Greeting Shanah Tovah--"Good year" G'mar khatima tovah--"May you be sealed for a good year"


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