Happy Rosh Hashanah!

Rabbis Explain What Makes This Year's Rosh Hashanah Different


Rosh Hashanah -- the Jewish New Year -- falls on a different day every year in America since it is based off of dates in the Hebrew calendar, and this year, the Hebrew calendar is going into the year 5776. More specifically, the holiday begins on the first day of the Hebrew month of Tishrei, which is the seventh month of the Hebrew calendar, which falls during September or October.

The holiday is considered to be one of Judaism's holiest holidays, and directly translated, Rosh Hashanah, means "head of the year" or "first of the year."

Technically, Rosh Hashanah is meant to commemorate the world's creation, marking the beginning of what is known as the Days of Awe. The Days of Awe is a 10-day period of introspection and repentance that culminates in the Yom Kippur holiday, also known as the Day of Atonement.

A ram's horn -- which is known as a shofar -- is blown as a wake-up call and a cry to repent, also reminding the Jewish people about the importance of God. in terms of celebration, Jews traditionally eat apples dipped in honey on the holiday, signifying their hope that the new year will be sweet.

How do you celebrate Rosh Hashanah? Let us know in the comments below!


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A Jewish man holds a prayer shawl over his head before praying in a Rosh Hashanah ceremony at Yeshivah University, New York. (Photo by Barry/Getty Images)
CANADA - SEPTEMBER 29: 90;000 Metro jews celebrate a new year; Standing in front of Holy Ark curtain; Rabbi Jacob Mendel Kirshenblatt; cantor of Beth Sholom Synagogue; sounds the traditional ram's horn shofar as he explains to a group of children from the synagogue's religious school the rites of Rosh Hashanah; the Jewish New Year. This year 5;731 on the Hebrew calendar will be greeted at sunset today when most of Metro's 90;000 Jews will gather in synagogues. (Photo by Bob Olsen/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
ME.Holiday#3.0925.CW Mitch Chupack paced with his daughter Marissa Chupack, 6 months, to help keep her quiet during Kol TÕrua, a service for the sounding of the Shofar with music, on Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, at the University Synagogue, 11960 Sunset. (Photo by Clarence Williams/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
SF.Rosh.4.0921.RD –– Reseda, CA –– Detail of a hand following the text during Rosh Hashanah service in the synagogue at the Jewish Home for the Aging – Eisenberg Village, Monday. Rosh Hashanah marks the beginning of the Jewish New Year and Ten Days of Penitence. (Photo by Ricardo DeAratanha/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 4: Hasidic Jews pray while celebrating Rosh Hashanah next to the East River during a traditional Tashlich ceremony October 4, 2005 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Jews traditionally go to a flowing body of water and symbolically 'throw away' their sins by praying and tossing bread crumbs into the water. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
KABUL, AFGHANISTAN - SEPTEMBER 18: Zebulon Simantov reads his old tatered hebrew prayer book as he celebrates the Jewish New Year feast of Rosh Hashanah September 18, 2009 in Kabul, Afghanistan. Zebulon, 57, claims to be the last Jew living in the war-torn conservative Muslim country and says he keeps a Kosher home. The Jewish New Year, or Rosh Hashanah, coincides this year with Eid al-Fitr, a Muslim feast marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. Born in northwestern Herat, Simantov attended Hebrew school before moving to Kabul at age 27. In 1992, he fled to Tajikistan, fleeing from Afghanistan's growing violence, married a Tajik Jew and had two daughters. The family immigrated in 1998 to Israel, but he returned to Kabul two months later, leaving them behind. (Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)
TEL AVIV, ISRAEL - SEPTEMBER 20: Ultra-Orthodox Jews recite the Tashlich prayer by the Mediterranean Sea at sunset of the second day of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, on September 20, 2009 in Tel Aviv, Israel. Tashlich, which means 'to cast away', is the practice by which Jews go to a flowing body of water and symbolically 'throw away' their sins during the days of repentance between Rosh Hashanah and the upcoming day of atonement, or Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar. (Photo by David Silverman/Getty Images)
CUMBERLAND, MD - SEPTEMBER 22: B'er Chayim Temple congregation members Doug Schwab, left, his wife Betsey Hurwitz-Schwab, center, and Albert Feldstein, right, place breast plates on Torahs in the basement of the B'er Chayim Temple on September 22, 2014 in Cumberland, MD. With a dwindling Jewish community in rural Cumberland, Maryland, congregation members try to continue traditions as they prepare for the Rosh Hashanah holiday at the oldest continuously operating synagogue in Maryland. The congregation was established in 1853. (Photo by Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
PORTLAND, ME - SEPTEMBER 24: Rabbi Moshe Wilansky of Chabad of Maine blows the shofar, or ram's horn, before the start of a Rosh Hashanah service at the Italian Heritage Center in Portland on Wednesday, September 23, 2014. Rabbi Wilansky says that the blowing of the shofar is to awaken people and encourage them to become closer to God during Rosh Hashanah, which is the start of the Jewish high holidays. (Photo by Gregory Rec/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls delivers a speech at the Nazareth synagogue, as part of the presentation of the French State greetings to the French Jewish central Consistory and the Jewish community, on September 8, 2015 in Paris, ahead of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, that falls on September 14 and 15. AFP PHOTO / BERTRAND GUAY (Photo credit should read BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images)
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