Rosh Hashanah is a central Jewish holiday in the Jewish calendar. Rosh Hashanah in Hebrew means, literally, “head of the year.” Celebrated at the beginning of the Jewish month of Tishrei, Rosh Hashanah marks the first day of the Jewish year. It is customary to give Rosh Hashanah greetings and say 'Shanah Tovah' to friends and family in order to wish them a good year. Two main components of the Rosh Hashanah Jewish new year are repentance over our actions and crowing G-d as our King. Some of the well-known things we do on Rosh Hashanah are eating pomegranates and apples in honey, hearing the Shofar blast at the synagogue and exchanging gifts with loved ones. Make sure to browse through our collection of synagogue items such as Tallits and Tallit bags and visit our tallit guide so you are prepared for Rosh Hashanah this year!
The reason we eat pomegranates on Rosh Hashanah is that we strive to multiply and be many, like the seeds inside it. World of Judaica offers pomegranate Honey Dishes made of materials such as aluminum, glass, and more. Also, you can find silk pomegranate runners and many types of accessories, such as ceramic pomegranate, pomegranate wall-hanging and even pomegranate Mezuzah! If you have a Bat Mitzvah to go to around Rosh Hashanah time, a good idea for a gift would be a pomegranate-shaped Jewelry Box.
Rosh Hashanah marks an important Jewish holiday period for the Jews, a period during which we want to cleanse ourselves of our sins and ask people we have wronged for forgiveness. Popular holiday gifts include Judaica of different types and Shofars.
When you visit World of Judaica's collection of Shofars for sale you may find that Shofars come in many shapes. One of the reasons for this is that different traditions have adopted different types of Shofars. On the narrow end of the Shofar a hole is punctured to allow the Shofar to be blown.Visit our OyVey blog to learn which Shofar suits best your Rosh Hashanah traditions and how the Shofar's silver plated ornaments tell the stories of Jewish history and traditions.
If you are purchasing a Shofar as a Rosh Hashanah gift, you may want to splurge a little further and buy a matching pouch or Shofar stand. These are a great way to ensure the Shofar stays intact for many years. Also, if the intention is to put the Shofar somewhere in the house on display, a matching stand or pouch is definitely called for.
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Rosh Hashanah Guide
The Jewish calendar is filled with Jewish holidays throughout the year. Some are holidays of celebration and others are holidays of remembrance and sadness. Each holiday is commemorated by bringing the community together. These holidays each have specific prayers, traditions, and often foods that they are associated with. Jewish holidays are a time to take a break from daily life and gather family together to mark a Biblical event or a religious belief.
What is Rosh Hashanah?
Rosh Hashanah is the first holiday of the Jewish calendar year and also the first holiday in a series of High Holy Days. Literally meaning, 'head of the year,' this holiday celebrates the Jewish New Year. This occurs during the first two days of the month of Tishrei according to the Hebrew calendar. Rosh Hashanah is often referred to as the 'day of judgment.'
Traditions & Customs
There are two specific traditions most commonly associated with Rosh Hashanah. These including blowing the Shofar and dipping apples in honey. The first refers to a ram's horn called a Shofar that functions as a sound blower. During Rosh Hashanah, the Shofar is blown in five different sounds to create different blasts. These are referred to as Tekiah, Shevarim, Truah, Tekiah Gedolah, and Shevarim Tru'ah.
The second popular Rosh Hashanah custom is eating apples dipped in honey. This treat symbolizes the wish for a sweet new year. Other sweet foods are also eaten during this holiday, such as chocolate and Challah with raisins. Challah is often made in a round circle instead of a loaf to symbolize the cycle of a new year.
Rosh Hashanah offers prayer services that differ from the traditional Shabbat service. The Mazhor prayer book is used on this day.
Rosh Hashanah Judaica
As the Jewish new year, Rosh Hashanah has inspired many Judaica pieces. These include Shofars, honey dishes, apple plates, and pomegranate designs. Shofars are usually made of ram's horn but children's Shofars can be made of plastic too. More sophisticated Shofars are coated with sterling silver or metal plating for an extra touch. Shofars come with pouches, box cases, and stands for easy display.
Honey dishes and apple plates can be made of ceramic, metal, wood, and glass. These kitchen items should be presented on your Rosh Hashanah table for all to enjoy.
Pomegranates are associated with Rosh Hashanah because it is rumored that the number of seeds in a pomegranate is the same number of Mitzvot in the Torah we should perform this year (613). There are many Judaica items with pomegranate motifs or shapes.
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For more information about Rosh Hashanah or other Jewish holiday Judaica items, feel free to contact our Judaica experts with any questions or concerns.