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Everything you always wanted to know about Rosh Hashanah.

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• 'When: This year, Rosh
Hashanah begins at sundown
Friday, Sept. 6, and lasts
until Sunday night, Sept.

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• What It Means: Rosh
Hashanah is Hebrew for
"head of the year," or
"beginning of the year."
(Rosh means "head," ha is
"the," shana means

• Purpose Of The Holiday:
The celebration of the new
year on the Jewish calendar,
and the commemoration of
the creation of the world.

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• Why We Celebrate: The
Torah commandment to
observe Rosh Hashanah is
found in Parshat Emor
(Leviticus 23:24) and in Parshat
Pinchat (Numbers 29:1). The
name of the holiday — Rosh
Hashanah — is not stated in
the Torah; this developed later.
Rosh Hashanah also inaugu-
rates the three-week holiday
season in Judaism, continuing
with Yom Kippur, Sukkot,
Shemini Atzeret and culminat-
ing in Simchat Torah.

• Themes: Rosh Hashanah car-
ries three main themes. Beyond
its importance as the beginning
of the calendar year, Rosh
Hashanah is known as the Day
of Judgment, or Yom HaDin.
That's when God weighs the
acts of each person over the

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. t isn't simply a matter
of getting all the air out
of your lungs: blowing
the shofar is an art.
You need energy, certainly,
but you'll also need to learn
precisely where and how to
place your lips. That can be a
great deal more challenging
than you might imagine.
Or maybe you already know
all about it. If you live in a
Jewish neighborhood, no _
doubt you've heard some of
your neighbors trying, desper-
ately, to learn how to play the
shofar in the days before Rosh
Hashanah. Ouch.
The custom of blowing a
shofar began in the Holy
Temple, and in its earliest days
the shofar's use was twofold.

The shofar was regarded as a
musical instrument, pleasant
to listen to, but it also was
used to notify the community
of important events, such as a
declaration of war.
Additionally, the sound of
the shofar was used to wel-
come a new month. Whoever
was blowing the shofar would
make quick blasts each time,
the exception being at start of
Tishrei, when it was tradition-
al to sound long blasts because
this month contains the major
Jewish holidays of Rosh
Hashanah, Yom Kippur and
During the Middle Ages,
Jews began blowing the shofar
throughout the entire month
of Elul, preceding Rosh

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