"You are to begin your calendar with this month; it will be the first month of the year for you." Exodos 12:2
Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year, literally the head of the year.
"The LORD said to Moses, "Say to the Israelites: `On the first day of the seventh month you are to have a day of rest, a sacred assembly commemorated with trumpet blasts. Do no regular work, but present an offering made to the LORD by fire.' "
The Feast of Trumpets discussed along with Yom Kippur..
Rosh Hashanah is celebrated by Jews today as a time for prayers and good wishes for the coming year. Customs include eating apple dipped in honey as a taste reminder of wishing for a sweet new year and eating the head of a fish, with the wish that they be the head - not the tail. From the blessings in Deuteronomy.
Because Rosh Hashanna coincides with Trumpets (see Yom Kippur ) the Jews start each new year with self examination and repentance. (An excellent idea!) These days are the Ten Days of Awe, leading up to the Day of Atonement - Yom Kippur.
|1||Rosh Hashanah||Celebrate new year|
|1||Trumpets||#5||Call to teshuvah|
|1-10||Days of Awe||Prepare for Yom Kippur|
|10||Yom Kippur||#6||Fast & repent|
|CELEBRATE some more|
|23||Simchat Torah||Rejoice in Torah|
Yom Kippur is the only day GOD commanded a fast. "You shall afflict your souls and make an offering." There was to be no work or conjugal relations. Devout Jews wear a funeral shroud ( white for purity, repentance and forgiveness )
See Yom Kippur
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