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Dip Your Apple - Fountainheads Rosh Hashanah
Tomorrow night (September 20) Jews from all over the world start their celebration of Rosh Hashana, the Jewish new year. Rosh Hashanah - רֹאשׁ הַשָּׁנָה, translated literally as 'Head of the Year,' is the first of the Jewish High Holy Days. The biblical name for this holiday is Yom Truah (יוֹם תְּרוּעָה), literally "day [of] shouting/blasting," specified by Leviticus 23:23-25: "The LORD said to Moses,
“Say to the Israelites: ‘On the first day of the seventh month you are to have a day of sabbath rest, a sacred assembly commemorated with trumpet blasts. Do no regular work, but present a food offering to the LORD."
Rosh Hashanah is a two-day celebration. According to Judaism, Rosh Hashanah is also the traditional anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve, the first man and woman according to the Hebrew Bible. Rosh Hashanah customs include sounding the shofar (a hollowed-out ram's horn), as prescribed in the Torah, following the prescription of the Hebrew Bible to "raise a noise" on Yom Truah; and among its rabbinical customs is attending synagogue services and reciting special liturgy, as also enjoying festive meals. Eating symbolic foods such as apples dipped in honey is now a tradition, hoping thereby to evoke a "sweet new year."
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