Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Ha·sha·nah

noun \ˌräsh-(h)ə-ˈshä-nə, ˌrōsh-, -ˈshō-\

: the Jewish New Year observed as a religious holiday in September or October

Full Definition of ROSH HASHANAH

:  the Jewish New Year observed on the first day and by Orthodox and Conservative Jews also on the second day of Tishri


Late Hebrew rōsh hashshānāh, literally, beginning of the year
First Known Use: 1843

Other Calendar Terms

antedate, estival, gloaming, luster, sesquicentennial

Rosh Hashanah

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Jewish New Year. Sometimes called the Day of Judgment, Rosh Hashanah falls on Tishri 1 (in September or October) and ushers in a 10-day period of self-examination and penitence that ends with Yom Kippur. The liturgy includes the blowing of the ram's horn, or shofar, a call for spiritual awakening associated with the giving of the Law to Moses on Mount Sinai. It is also called the Day of Remembrance, since it celebrates the creation of the world and the responsibilities of the Jews as God's chosen people. It is a solemn but hopeful holiday; bread and fruit dipped in honey are eaten as omens of sweetness for the year ahead.


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