Celebrate Rosh Hashanah at Beth David September 10 - 11, 2018 (1 - 2 Tishri 5779)

…In the seventh month, on the first of the month, there shall be a sabbath for you, a remembrance with shofar blasts, a holy convocation.

Leviticus 16:24

Rosh Hashanah is observed on September 10-11 (1-2 Tishrei 5779)

High Holiday Schedule 2018
Erev Rosh Hashanah, Sunday, September 9, 6:00 pm
Rosh Hashanah, First Day, Monday, September 10, 8:30 am
Young Adults Blessing, Monday, September 10
Mevuar Service, Monday, September 10, 10:00 am
Children’s Service, Monday, September 10, 10:30 am
Babysitting, Monday, September 10, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Tashlich, Monday, September 10, 5:00 pm
Mincha, Monday, September 10, 6:30 pm
Rosh Hashanah, Second Day, September 11, 8:30 am
Baby Blessing, Tuesday, September 11
Children’s Service, Tuesday, September 11, 10:30 am
Babysitting, Tuesday, September 11, 9:30 am – 1:00 pm

Rosh Hashanah occurs on the first and second days of the Hebrew month of Tishrei. In Hebrew, Rosh Hashanah means, literally, “head of the year” or “first of the year.” Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is a solemn holiday beginning the calendar year with ten days of repentance from sin and the hope of renewal. The holiday begins the ten Days of Awe, a time of introspection, looking back at the mistakes of the past year and planning the changes to make in the new year, culminating in Yom Kippur.

One of the most important observances of this holiday is hearing the sounding of the shofar in the synagogue, traditionally understood to be a call to repentance. A total of 100 notes are sounded each day. There are four different types of shofar notes: tekiah, a 3 second sustained note; shevarim, three 1-second notes rising in tone; teruah, a series of short, staccato notes extending over a period of about 3 seconds; and tekiah gedolah (literally, “big tekiah”), the final blast in a set, which lasts 10 seconds minimum. The shofar is not blown if the holiday falls on Shabbat.

Celebrate Rosh Hashana with apples and honey at Beth David Synagogue

The Bible speaks of Rosh Hashanah as occurring on the first day of the seventh month. The first month of the Jewish calendar is Nissan, occurring in March and April. Why, then, does the Jewish “new year” occur in Tishrei, the seventh month? Judaism has several different “new years.” In Judaism, Nisan 1 is the new year for the purpose of counting the reign of kings and months on the calendar, Elul 1 (in August) is the new year for the tithing of animals, Shevat 15 (in February) is the new year for trees (determining when first fruits can be eaten, etc.), and Tishrei 1 (Rosh Hashanah) is the new year for years (when we increase the year number; sabbatical and Jubilee years begin at this time).

Beth David Services
Erev Rosh Hashanah, Sunday, September 9, 6:00 pm
Rosh Hashanah, First Day, Monday, September 10, 8:30 am
Tashlich, Monday, Monday, September 10, 5:00 pm
Rosh Hashanah, Second Day, September 11, 8:30 am
Baby Blessing, Tuesday, September 11

Our high holiday security procedures require a ticket for entry. Members in good standing will receive their tickets in the mail automatically. For information on obtaining guest tickets for yourself or relatives, please contact the Synagogue office at 336-294-0007 .

Rosh Hashanah Traditions, Symbols, and Activities

Rosh Hashanah Foods

Celebrate Rosh Hashana at Beth David Synagogue

It is traditional to eat apples dipped in honey, a symbol of our wish for a sweet new year. Pomegranates are traditionally eaten on the second night of Rosh Hashanah. More specifically, the pomegranate often serves as the ““new fruit””- a fruit not yet eaten this season –for second evening Rosh Hashanah rituals. Round challahs are unique to the High Holiday season.The holiday challah is symbolically round to reflect a few themes of the Jewish New Year: the circle of life and marking the cyclical nature of the passage of a year.  During this time we are to be introspective, looking back as we plan ahead, taking stock of all that has transpired and endeavoring to make resolutions to continue to better ourselves as human beings.

Rosh Hashanah Activities

Celebrate Rosh Hashana Tashlich service at Beth David Synagogue

Tashlich is a ritual that many Jews observe during Rosh Hashanah. “Tashlich” means “casting off” in Hebrew and involves symbolically casting off the sins of the previous year by tossing pieces of bread or another food into a body of flowing water. Just as the water carries away the bits of bread, so too are sins symbolically carried away. In this way, the participant hopes to start the New Year with a clean slate.

Rosh Hashanah Symbols

Celebrate Rosh Hashana at Beth David Synagogue

There is a great deal of symbolism tied in with the legal requirements for what constitutes a proper shofar. The shofar of Rosh Hashanah, whose purpose it is to rouse the listener, may not be constructed of an artificial instrument. It must be an instrument in its natural form and naturally hollow, through whom sound is produced by human breath, which God breathes into human beings. This pure and natural sound symbolizes the lives it calls Jews to lead. What is more, the most desirable shofar is the bent horn of a ram. The ram reminds one of Abraham’s willing sacrifice of that which was most precious to him. The curve in the horn mirrors the contrition of the one who repents.

Rosh Hashanah Greeting

L'Shana Tovah! Celebrate Rosh Hashana at Beth David Synagogue

The common greeting is L’shanah tovah (“for a good year”). This is a shortening of L’shanah tovah tikatevu, May you be inscribed for a good year (in the book of life).