What is Rosh Hashanah? By Max

"Rosh Hashanah" literally means "Head of the Year", "Rosh" meaning "Head" and "Shana" meaning "Year" ("ha" means "the"). This is when it is decided, "who shall live, and who shall die ... who shall be impoverished and who shall be enriched; who shall fall and who shall rise." 

What should you call it?

● The most common name for this holiday is Rosh Hashanah, the name used in the eponymous tractate of Talmud devoted to the holiday.

● The Torah refers to this day as Yom Teruah (Day of Shofar Blowing).

● In our prayers, we often call it Yom Hazikaron (Day of Remembrance) and Yom Hadin (Day of Judgement) since this is the day when G‑d recalls all of His creations and determines their fate for the year ahead.


How to greet people on Rosh Hashanah By Noah

If you meet a fellow Jew on Rosh Hashanah it is polite to greet them the proper way, if your friend is a male you would say,"Leshana tovah tikatev vttichatem," or if your friend was female you'd say," Leshana tovah tikatee vttichatemee." To write and seal a happy new year.

Eruv Tavshilin By Ben

Eruv Tavshilin is a day before a festival or Shabbat where you can cook

all the food needed for the festival can be cooked. 

The reasons and customs of Rosh Hashanah by Max

          The first custom of Rosh Hashanah is to blow the shofar. The reason for this is simply to wake us up in the morning and to remind us both of a baby crying and to say sorry.

          Then there is the most memorable tradition: the Apple and Honey! There are reasons for this as well, you might know this is for a sweet new year but there are other meanings. We dip apple because it is the most well known fruit and we dip it in honey because Israel is described as "A land flowing with milk and honey".

          Of course, most people will wonder why we we have a fish head on the table. This reason is because Rosh Hashanah is the head of the year and because fish don't have eyelids so it never sleeps. Neither does Hashem. He is always looking after us!


Why do we do תשובה? By Noah

In the month of אלול we think about all the bad things we've done this year and follow these steps. One, feel bad about what you've done, two don't do it again, three admit what you've done to the person/thing and say sorry, finally make a commitment to not do it again. If you do these steps propearly, G-d will forgive you and in return he'll give you a happy, sweet new year!