Candles are lit to welcome all of the major Jewish holiday, including the three pilgrimage holidays – Passover, Shavu’ot, and Sukkot – as well as Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur. If the holiay coincides with Shabbat, a few words in parentheses are added to the blessing over the candles .
To wish someone a happy Rosh Hashanah “Shanah tovah” is an appropriate greeting. The phrase means “good year” in Hebrew and can be used through the season. Some other greetings including “Leshana tovah tikatev v’tichatem” which is appropriate to say to men returning from synagogue service.
Blessing over the Candles Barukh atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melekh ha’olam, asher kid’shanu b’mitzvotav, v’tzivanu l’hadlik ner shel Shabbat . Blessed are you Adonai our God, Ruler of the universe, who has made us holy through God’s commandments, and commanded us to light the Sabbath candles.
Eating Festive Meals, Including Sweet Delicacies and Symbolic Foods. While challah bread is eaten for many other occasions (including the weekly Shabbat dinner), it’s tradition to eat round challah during Rosh Hashanah . The unique circular shape symbolizes the cyclical nature of life, as well as the crown of God.
In 2020 , Rosh Hashanah will begin at sundown on September 18 and end at sundown on September 20. In many ways, being in Israel during Rosh Hashanah is like Shabbat where most businesses are closed.
In 2020 , Yom Kippur begins at sundown on September 27, and ends the following evening.
Because Rosh Hashanah celebrates the Jewish New Year, the most common greeting is ” Happy New Year.” The equivalent in Hebrew is “Shanah tovah,” (pronounced shah-NAH toe-VAH) which literally means “good year.”
“L’ shana tova ” or “ shana tova ,” which means “have a good year,” is a proper greeting on the Jewish New Year and also fitting to say on Yom Kippur and through the holiday Sukkot, which goes from Oct. 2 to Oct. 9.
When are Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur in 2020 ? This year, Rosh Hashanah begins at sunset on Friday, Sept. 18, and ends two days later at sunset on Sunday, Sept. 20.
During the week of Shiva (mourning), in the absence of a seven-day Shiva candle , seven yahrzeit candles can be lit on successive days (but not in violation of Shabbat ).
Baruch atah Adonai Eloheinu Melech ha-olam, asher kid’shanu b-mitzvotav, v-tzivanu l’hadlik ner shel Hanukkah . Blessed are you, Our God, Ruler of the Universe, who makes us holy through Your commandments, and commands us to light the Hanukkah lights .
To be kosher, the shamash must be offset on a higher or lower plane than the main eight candles or oil lamps, but there are differing opinions as to whether all the lights must be arranged in a straight line, or if the chanukiah can be arranged in a curve.
Rosh Hashanah is meant to be a day of rest, not labor. The Torah expressly forbids one to do any work on Rosh Hashanah , as well as other major Jewish holy days.
You can also: Sing a fun song about apples and honey and try dipping apples in honey. Make homemade Rosh Hashanah cards by doing some apple printing. Play with your very own honey-scented playdough to take in the smells of the holiday. Bake some special apple-cookie pops. Watch a special Shaboom!
New Fruit . The second night of Rosh Hashanah is time to enjoy the “ new fruit ,” or seasonal produce that hasn’t been tasted since the start of the season. The fruit symbolizes gratefulness for being alive and allowing us to taste all the delicious fruit the world has to offer.