Rosh Hashanah – A Celebration of Jewish Faith


Rosh Hashanah is one of the best known Jewish high holy days. In 2019 Rosh Hashanah started at sundown Sunday, September 29th and will continue for 2 days, through nightfall on Tuesday, October 1st. Rosh Hashanah is celebrated on the 1st and 2nd days of the Hebrew month “Tishrei”. Rosh Hashanah is the only Jewish holiday that lasts for two entire days, considered as one very long day.

Rosh Hashanah (Hebrew: רֹאשׁ הַשָּׁנָה), literally meaning the “head or start of the year”, is celebrated as the Jewish New Year. The biblical name for this holiday is Yom Teruah (יוֹם תְּרוּעָה), literally “day of shouting or blasting”. It is the first of the Jewish High Holy Days (יָמִים נוֹרָאִים Yamim Nora’im. “Days of Awe”) specified by Leviticus 23:23–32  that occur in the early autumn of the Northern Hemisphere.

Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year. It is a time of inner renewal and divine atonement. It’s the start of the Jewish month of Tishrei, or Tishri, which falls in September or October, according to the Gregorian calendar. It’s the first month of the civil year for Jews or the seventh month of the ecclesiastical year. Some years, Rosh Hashanah can start in early September or as late as early October.  It marks the beginning of the 10 “Days of Awe,” in which Jews focus their attention on repentance and reflection leading up to Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, considered to be the holiest day of the Jewish year. Traditionally, the blood of an animal was sacrificed as a way to remove sin or defilement.

Rosh Hashanah observances include candle lighting in the evenings, festive meals with sweet delicacies during the night and day, prayer services that include the sounding of the ram’s horn (shofar) on both mornings

In DeKalb, the local Jewish community members will have a variety of events scheduled. The local synagogue of Congregation Beth Shalom (the Northern Illinois Jewish Community Center) is located at 820 Russell Road in DeKalb, IL. They opened this building in 1967, and have been operating here continuously since then. For additional information please contact: (815) 756-1010. 

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