Rosh Hashana Begins Sunday, Start Of Jewish High Holy Days

Rosh Hashana is also known as the Jewish New Year
Jews visit the Temple Mount, known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary, on the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the Old City of Jerusalem, on the morning before Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, which begins at sundown, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022. (AP Photo/ Maya Alleruzzo)

At a glance

  • Centuries-old holiday is for reflection, prayer, symbolic foods and blowing of a traditional shofar horn.
  • Rosh Hashanah has its roots in the Talmud, though when the holiday was first celebrated remains unclear.
  • Earliest mention of Rosh Hashanah by name found in the Mishnah, a Jewish legal text dated to 200 C.E., according to National Geographic.
  • According to The Talmud, world was created on the first day of Tishrei, the seventh month of the Hebrew calendar, but Jewish people celebrate Rosh Hashanah on the first and second days of Tishrei, usually in line with with September or October in Gregorian calendar.

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