Sunday night marks the beginning of Rosh Hashana 2019, the Jewish New Year. Rosh Hashanah, which translates to "head of the year" in Hebrew, will begin on Sunday at sunset on September 29 and will last until late in the evening on Tuesday, October 1. The holiday is one of the most important dates of the Jewish community. calendar and is considered the day when God created Adam and Eve.
How to wish someone a happy Rosh Hashana
Wishing someone a happy Rosh Hashana "Shanah tovah" is an appropriate greeting.
The phrase means "good year" in Hebrew and can be used during the season.
Some other greetings, including "Leshana tovah tikatev v & ttichatem", which is appropriate to say to men returning from synagogue service.
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When you greet a woman, this is changed to "Leshana tovah tikatevee v & ttichatemee".
The phrase translated "May you be written and sealed for a good year," according to chabad.org.
You may also hear people say "Chag sameach", which means Happy Holiday, but according to reformjudaism.org, the phrase is usually used only at the three Pesach, Shavuot, and Sukkot pilgrimage festivals.
Another traditional greeting to Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is a Yiddish greeting, "Gut yontif", which means "Wishing you a good holiday".
How to celebrate Rosh Hashana
The Jewish New Year is celebrated in many ways, including prayers in the synagogue and the shofar ringing.
The shofar is a hollow ram's horn and is played after reading the Torah – the Jewish religious text.
About 100 explosions can be heard throughout the New Year in the synagogue, symbolizing a request for repentance.
However, perhaps the best known tradition is the sweet food that Jews eat at the time.
The most popular customs are apples and honey, and symbolize the hope of a sweet and happy new year.
Jews will say a special song before dipping apple slices in honey, which is said to have healing properties.
This is a tradition that has existed in the Jewish religion for centuries and honey, again, means the hope that the new year will be sweet.
The song sung before eating the apples says: “Dip the apple in honey, make a loud and clear bracha [blessing]. Shanhana Tova U'Metuka, have a happy and happy New Year. "