Published: Fri, September 22, 2017
Culture | By Henry Herrera

Statement by Minister Joly on Rosh Hashanah

Statement by Minister Joly on Rosh Hashanah

Rabbi Mason, the Cazenove Road school's rabbi, spoke to students about Rosh Hashanah, a festival literally meaning "the head of the year" in Hebrew which starts today (Wednesday) and marks the first day of the 10 days of repentance.

Summary: This year's Rosh Hashanah will mark the commencement of the 5,778th year of the Jewish calendar.

As with the Sabbath, Orthodox Jews are not allowed to use electricity or work during Rosh Hashanah, which helps with the reflection element, although the rules are slightly more lax when it comes to carrying.

A number of symbolic foods are consumed during the festive holiday meals. It is a time for observant people to acknowledge their sins of the previous year and are judged for their transgressions by God.

A custom called tashlich, which comes from the word "to cast", typically is performed on Rosh Hashanah at a body of water.

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Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown and lasts for two full days after tonight. "Melania and I wish everyone a sweet, healthy, and peaceful year, which we hope will bring many blessings to all".

Customs include sounding a hollowed-out ram's horn known as a shofar after readings from the Torah, which is the Jewish religious text.

Fish heads are also eaten, to symbolise the head of the year, and pomegranates, which are said to have 613 seeds, similar to the 613 commandments in the Jewish holy teaching.

Rosh Hashanah is celebrated with a candle lighting ceremony.

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