Rosh Hashanah Begins Sunday at Sundown
The holiday marks the "head of the year" and beginning of the Jewish High Holy Days. Congregations in Farmington Hills will hold services Monday and Tuesday.
This Sunday, as the day draws to a close, the Jewish community will ring in year 5773 as part of their celebration of Rosh Hashanah, or the Jewish New Year. The festivities will continue until nightfall on Tuesday, Sept. 18.
Adat Shalom Synagogue in Farmington Hills will hold services on Monday and Tuesday; visit adatshalom.org to learn more. The Birmingham Temple, a humanistic Judaism congregation, also offers Rosh Hashanah services. Information is available at birminghamtemple.org.
Rosh Hashanah, which literally means “head of the year,” signals the beginning of the High Holy Days. Yom Kippur, or Day of Atonement, which begins at sundown on Sept. 25, marks the end. Together, they are the holiest days for Jews.
Like most New Year celebrations, Rosh Hashanah is a time of introspection and a time to bring about changes in the coming year. The traditional blowing of the shofar, or ram’s horn, during services on Rosh Hashanah marks a time to contemplate past mistakes and find ways to make things right.
On this day, as on Sabbath, Jews avoid work and spend the day with family. And where there’s a family gathering, can food be far behind? It’s no surprise that after services Jewish families enjoy an elaborate spread of traditional dishes.
The day begins with eating apples dipped in honey, in hopes that the new year will also be sweet. Another tradition is to bake challah, a round-shaped bread that is a symbol of the circle of life. Try out a recipe for Apple Challah, shared last year by Patch contributor Warda Bouguettaya.
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