WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. - The shofar will sound and families across Westchester County will ring in a new year as the Jewish feast of Rosh Hashanah begins Wednesday at sundown.
Rosh Hashanah, one of the Jewish High Holidays, marks the first day of the Hebrew month of Tishrei. Considered the Hebrew New Year, the holiday is celebrated by Jewish congregations with the blowing of a ram’s horn, or shofar, and prayer services. Families celebrate by eating of specific foods, most notably apples dipped in honey to symbolize a “sweet new year.”
Rosh Hashanah has also been called the “day of judgment,” a time for reflection before Yom Kippur, the “day of atonement.”
Rosh Hashanah officially begins at sunset Wednesday and ends at nightfall Friday. To mark the holiday, many public schools will be closed Thursday across Fairfield County.
Yom Kippur, the second of the High Holidays, begins at sundown Friday, Sept. 13.