I grew up in rural small town Minnesota where there isn’t a strong Jewish presence. Almost everyone knows what Christmas is and what the New Year brings. But every year, when I see Rosh Hashanah on the calendar, I wonder what is Rosh Hashanah all about. What does it mean? What is being celebrated? What are the traditions associated with it?
When I started at Pear Tree, a little over a year ago, they were just kicking off their Jewish Holiday collections, which included Rosh Hashanah Cards, Hanukkah Cards and even Bar Mitzvah and Bat Mitzvah Invitations. I was instantly intrigued. I wanted to learn all about these events and what they meant to the Jewish religion. Since I had a desire to learn about the traditions of Rosh Hashanah, I thought maybe our customers would be interested as well. That’s why I offered to write this post, and share what I learned!
Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year. It is celebrated in Tishrei, the seventh month of the Jewish calendar. The holiday lasts for two days. In 2012 it falls on September 16 until September 18. The tradition around the holiday teaches that God decides who will live and die. During this time individuals examine their lives and repent for any wrongs they have committed during the year. Even though the tradition is around life and death, Rosh Hashanah is filled with hope for the New Year. Continue reading