The Jewish community celebrates Rosh Hashanah on September 17 and 18 and Yom Kippur on September 26.
Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are considered High Holy Days in the Jewish religion. Rosh Hashanah is commonly known as the Jewish New Year and Yom Kippur is also known as the Day of Atonement.
These two days and the days in between are known as the Days of Awe or the Days of Repentance. Rosh Hashanah is a time to start thinking about the mistakes of the past year and resolutions for the next year.
One fun thing to do on this day is to eat apples and honey for a sweet new year. Another popular thing to do is called Tashlikh. People walk to a place where there is flowing water and empty their pockets into the water.
This action symbolizes casting away a person’s sins. During the time of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur a common practice is to seek out people that one has wronged during the past year. A person asks for forgiveness and, if possible, rights the wrong. Reconciliations with other people must take place before Yom Kippur. Yom Kippur is considered the most important day in the Jewish year. It is on this day that God’s judgments in the Book of Life are sealed. This day is one of fasting, repentance, and prayer. Yom Kippur ends at nightfall with the sounding of the shofar.