The History of Rosh Hashanah
By Allison S.

My holiday is called Rosh Hashanah, and it started so that the Jewish could think very carefully about their behavior during the past. Rosh Hashanah lasted two days because one day would not be enough to think about their behavior well enough. Actually Rosh Hashanah was the one who started Rosh Hashanah. He started it in 5765.

They have very interesting traditions, like what they eat and where they go. They eat apples dipped in honey, bread dipped in honey and some times even fish heads. They go to the synagogue to have there feast. Then after there feast they would walk over flowing water and empty out there pockets. They believed that it castes off all of there sins.

Rosh Hashanah in our country means New Years. Even though there aren't very many similarities between how we celebrate it, but there are a few. We both plan for a better life. We also think of our bad behavior. That is all I have to say about Rosh Hashanah.

Rosh Hashanah
By Kristen W

The way Rosh Hashanah started, was by a command from God. The people first celebrated it by Mt. Sinai. The celebration started sometime in 1445-1444 B.C. Some people believe that on the day of Rosh Hashanah the destiny of all mankind is recorded in the Book of Life. Jewish people celebrate Rosh Hashanah by not working that day, spending the day in the synagogue praying. The people also cut their hair, and wore nice clothes. They also light festival candles on the day of Rosh Hashanah. Special activities they had were called Tashilkh. Tashilkh means "casting off." The people would go to a river or creek, and empty out their pockets in the river, resembling casting off sins. The priests also blew Shofars on Rosh Hashanah. On the holiday they ate honey cakes, and apples, bread, and carrots dipped in honey.

Rosh Hashanah compared to New Years in our culture. Rosh Hashanah is considered to be the holiest day of all the Jewish holidays. It is the beginning of the Days of Awe. During these days people look back and repent on what they have done wrong. We might look back at the past year and also look at what we have done wrong. They also make resolutions like us at the beginning of the year. Each holiday also takes place on the first of the year. Their holiday take place when we have September, but, it is still their first of the year.

By Morgan N

Rosh Hashanah began in the day of Moses. In the Bible it means "Day of Shofar". It's on a different day each year.

Shofar is the most important symbol of Rosh Hashanah it has four different calls many people wear white because it's a desire to be closer to god and it is also what angels. They also throw bread crumbs into water as if throwing there sins away. This is known as casting. On Rosh Hashanah they eat apple dipped in honey. Apples remind them of the roundness of the year. The honey reminds them of the wish for a sweet year. Some people eat fish heads for let be a head, leader, not a tail , follower.