[ROCH HACHANA] The feast of Rosh Hashanah, which begins on the evening of September 6, marks the start of the Jewish New Year. This Jewish holiday commemorates the creation of the world and the Day of Judgment, which leads to the 10 days of repentance before Yom Kippur.

Rosh Hashanah begins this Monday, September 6 (at sunset) and ends on Wednesday, September 8 (after dark). Rosh Hashanah therefore takes place over two full days, Tuesday and Wednesday. The first candles are lit on the first evening at 8:04 p.m. (Paris time) and the second evening after 9:06 p.m. The party ends Wednesday, September 8 at 9:07 p.m.

Rosh Hashanah means “ruler of the year” and corresponds to the Jewish New Year. This traditional holiday precedes Yom Kippur, which takes place 10 days later this year, Thursday, September 16, 2021, and relates to the creation of Adam and Eve. Mentioned in the Bible as “Day of the Bell,” Rosh Hashanah is a time of introspection as it is a year-round inventory for practitioners. Of course, good resolutions will follow this examination of conscience.

Mikveh. On the eve of Rosh Hashanah, Jews can immerse themselves in the mikvah, a purification ritual that allows them to pray under the best conditions on Judgment Day.

Listen to the shofar. Attending the synagogue ceremony is also an important time on Rosh Hashanah, where the Torah is read. During Jewish New Year celebrations, it is customary to sound the shofar, a musical instrument made from a ram’s horn, on both feast days as a gesture of remorse.

The Taschlich. Another symbolic ritual for believers, the tashlikh, involves walking by a river on the afternoon of Rosh Hashanah to throw pieces of bread into it. A way to get rid of the sins of the past year.

A feast. As on most Jewish holidays, the lighting of candles is then accompanied by a festive meal and a blessing on wine and hallah. The hallah, which means bread in Hebrew, is circular in shape on this day to commemorate the annual cycle. Traditionally, it is tasted with honey on the first evening.

When celebrating Rosh Hashanah, sweet and sweet foods are preferred. Apples, dates, figs or pomegranates soaked in honey decorate the tables. The pomegranate with its many seeds symbolizes abundance, honey and sweetness. Another custom: the fish head that we eat to express the desire to always be in a position of leadership and control. On the second evening, we taste a “new fruit” to which we make a special prayer (Cheheyanou). This is a fruit that was not eaten because it was in season. Sour or bitter foods are not welcome during the Rosh Hashanah holiday. In order to benefit from a “sweet year”, we try above all to consume foods in its image …

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With the expression “Shana tova oumetouka”, in other words “a happy and sweet new year”, the Jews wish a happy new year. However, this is not the only expression you will hear. For example, before Rosh Hashanah, Jews readily used the formula “Ketiva va’hatima tova,” which means “A good inscription and a good seal in the book of life.”

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