Rosh Hashanah signifies the beginning of the New Year 5779. It begins on Sunday, September 9 at sundown. The most common phrase you’ll hear is “L’shana tova tika tevu” which means “May you be inscribed for a good New Year!” This refers to God’s Book of Life and getting one’s name inscribed is the goal of every Jew during this time of judgment. On the first day of Rosh Hashanah, God judges every person’s good and bad deeds performed during the previous year.
Yom Kippur, begins at sundown on Tuesday, September 18. This is a Day of Atonement, and all ablebodied Jewish adults are required to fast for 24 hours. God does not expect anyone to put his or her life in danger in order to fast. Yom Kippur is a day of prayer and self-refl ection.
The first service is the Kol Nidrei and the second service is called the Neila during which the shofar (ram’s horn) is sounded at sundown on the next day September 19, 2019, ending the holiday.
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