Rosh Hashana

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AKA NameYom Ha-Zikkaron, Jewish New Year
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2024 Date2 October 2024
2025 Date22 September 2025

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Rosh Hashana History

Rosh Hashana (Hebrew: ראש השנה) signifies the beginning of the Jewish New Year and lasts for two days. During this time, Jewish people gather in synagogues and pray, celebrate with family and friends, and participate in various traditional customs such as eating symbolic foods. Some of the important aspects of the observance of Rosh Hashana include the blowing of the shofar, reciting special prayers, and reflecting on the past year.

The history of Rosh Hashana can be traced back to biblical times when the Jewish people observed it as a day of judgment. It was believed that on this day, God would judge all of humanity and determine who would be inscribed in the Book of Life for the upcoming year. In America, Rosh Hashana is observed in much the same way as it is in other parts of the world. Many Jewish people attend synagogue services, participate in traditional rituals such as Tashlich (symbolically casting away sins), and enjoy festive meals with family and friends.

Rosh Hashana usually falls in September or October and is observed according to the Jewish calendar. It is a time for Jewish people to come together and celebrate the beginning of a new year with hope and optimism. Rosh Hashana takes place on September 15th this year.

Rosh Hashana facts

  • In synagogues it is common for 100 notes to be sounded with a Ram's horn as a call to repentance.
  • For Rosh Hashana, many Jews 'cast off their sins' to a running water stream/sea containing fish (the Tashlich custom). This is to symbolically purge one's body of sin and cast the sins onto the fish.
  • Tashlich, a Rosh Hashanah ritual where Jews symbolically cast away their sins into a body of water, is practiced by Mexican Jews in lakes, rivers, or even the Gulf of Mexico.
  • In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Jewish immigrants from Europe and the Middle East arrived in Mexico, establishing communities in Mexico City, Monterrey, and Guadalajara.

Top things to do in Mexico for Rosh Hashana

  • Celebrate the Jewish New Year with a Rosh Hashana Concert. Popular concerts are held in major cities such as New York and London.
  • Attend a local Rosh Hashanah service as a synagogue near you.
  • Create a festive Rosh Hashana cocktail with a pomegranate margarita. Combine tequila, triple sec, lime juice, and pomegranate juice in a shaker, then serve over ice in a salt-rimmed glass.
  • Jewish communities in cities like Mexico City, Guadalajara, and Monterrey often hold special services at local synagogues to mark the beginning of Rosh Hashanah. Services typically include prayers, the sounding of the shofar (a ram's horn), and Torah readings.

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