” The Jewish new year is not just a time to renew our resolve to lose another fifteen pounds. Rather, it’s the time when our fate stands in the balance as G‑d reviews our past year and decides whether or not to renew our lease on His planet,” Rabbi said.
In Hebrew, Rosh Hashanah means, literally, “head of the year” or “first of the year.” It is the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve, the first man and woman and their first actions toward the realization of mankind’s role in G‑d’s world.Days of Rosh Hashanah are one of the holiest days of the year, and the American midnight drinking bash and daytime football game.
Jewish tradition teaches that Rosh HaShanah is also the Day of Judgment. On Rosh HaShanah, God is said to inscribe the fate of every person for the upcoming year in the Book of Life or the Book of Death. The verdict is not final until Yom Kippur, 10 days later. Thus, Jews spend this time (called the ‘Ten Days of Awe’) reflecting upon their actions over the past year and seeking forgiveness for transgressions — all in hopes of influencing God’s final judgement.
Additional Rosh Hashanah observances include: a) Eating a piece of apple dipped in honey, to symbolize our desire for a sweey year, and other special foods symbolic of the new year’s blessings. b) Blassing one another with the words “Leshanah tovah tikateiv veteichateim,” “May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year.” c) Tas Tashlich, a special prayer said near a body of water (an ocean, river, pond, etc.), in evocation of the verse, “And You shall cast their sins into the depths of the sea.” And as with every major Jewish holiday, after candlelighting and prayers we recite kiddush and make a blessing on the challah.