Rosh Hashanah

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When Celebrated

Celebrated on the on the first two days of the Hebrew month Tishri (September or October). Below are the upcoming observances using the Gregorian calendar...

  • 2014: September 24th-26th
  • 2015: September 13th-15th
  • 2016: October 2nd-4th
  • 2017: September 20th-22th
  • 2018: September 9th-11th
  • 2019: September 29th - October 1st

With the Jewish calendar, the holiday dates shown above begin at sundown, continue through the next day, and conclude the following day at nightfall.


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About the Holiday

Rosh Hashanah is a Judaica holiday that means "Head of the Year", and is commonly known as the Jewish New Year. The holiday commemorates the anniversary of the creation. According to tradition, it is believed that God opens his book of life and observes his creatures, deciding their fate for the following year. This holiday is considered to be a solemn and holy occasion because of the judgment that is taking place during this time.

Rosh Hashanah traditions include Sounding of the Shofar (ram's horn which is blown like a trumpet), lighting candles (just before sundown on the first night, immediately after sundown on the second night), Apples dipped in honey (honey is a symbol for having a sweet year), pomegranates, beets, leeks, green beans, squash.

A more in-depth look at the traditions and history of Rosh Hashanah can be found in our history of Rosh Hashanah article.

Gift Guidelines

  • Kosher Gift Baskets
  • Dried Fruits
  • Apple Themed Gifts
  • Sweet Breads
  • Honey
  • Items made in Israel

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