Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur explained Article for children

Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year. (Public Domain

On September 25, 2022, Jews around the world will observe Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. Both days Party takes place annually on the first and second days of Tishrei – the first month of the Jewish year. Although the exact date of the holiday changes every year, it is almost always in September or October.

Rosh Hashanah commemorates in the world creation and mark the beginning days of fear. The 10 day period ends with Yom Kippur. It’s a time for reflect over the past year and ask God for help forgiveness for all mischief.

A young observer blowing the shofar on Rosh Hashanah. (Lem Radin/ CC-BY-SA-2.0/ Flickr)

Unlike New Year’s celebrations in January, Rosh Hashanah, which means “head of the year,” is a quiet and reflective holiday. Observers attend a special broadcast synagogue services where they sing songs and listen to readings of Holy Jewish texts. They too recite machzor prayers – a special prayer book used only during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

Blowing the shofar is an important part element Of the party. The trumpetwhich is usually made from a ram’s horn, sounds 100 times during a typical Rosh Hashanah ceremony. The shofar blowers begin by reciting a collection of sacred verses and blessings. They then sound the instrument in four series: one long sound called tekiah, three short bursts called shevarim, nine quick sounds called teruah, and one very long sound called tekiah gedolah.

Rosh Hashanah meals include several symbolic food. About Brioche the bread represents the circle of life, while the apples and honey represent good health and happiness in the coming year.

Yom Kippur

The 10 Days of Awe end with Yom Kippur, or the Day of Atonement. This year, the feast will be celebrated from to sleep from October 4 to sunset on October 5, 2022. Yom Kippur is considered the holiest day of the Jewish year and occurs in continued prayer to the synagogue. Jews do not work or go to school on this day. Many also fast for 25 hours, put on white clothes and refrain to wear make-up, perfume or leather shoes. Yom Kippur ends with a joyful celebration and breaking the fast.

The holy day is credited to Prophet Moses. According to Jewish tradition, when Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt, they went to Mount Sinai. Moses went up to the top of the mountain and received two engraved tablets from the Ten Commandments of God. The first commandment told people to worship only God. But when Moses descended from the mountain, he found the Israelites worshiping a golden calf and bursts the tablets of anger. However, after people have done fine for their error, God forgave them and gave Moses a second set of tablets severe with the Ten Commandments on Yom Kippur.

Shana Tova (Have a Happy new year)!


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