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Rosh Hashanah: 2023 Comes To A Close

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In an environment as diverse as ACP, it is important to highlight the different cultures and beliefs that students participate in. Among these cultures is Judaism, which is practiced by many students across the ACP family. One holiday that is recognized is Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, which is typically celebrated from September 15th to September 17th. It is a joyous and very significant holiday for Jewish communities around the globe. Although Rosh Hashanah does occur around the end of September every year, the dates do not stay the same due to the Jewish Calendar being measured differently than the traditional calendar that many countries recognize. Rosh Hashanah is remarkable because it is a celebration of a new year much like the New Year typically recognized on January 1st. Rosh Hashanah is Hebrew for beginning of the year. It also marks the beginning of a ten-day event known as the “Days of Awe”, a period to reflect on the mistakes made throughout the past year and learn from them before Yom Kippur occurs, which is the holiest day of the Jewish Calendar.

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Many Jewish families commemorate Rosh Hashanah by traditions, just like one of ACP’s seniors, Jillian Douglas. When I asked Jillian about how she honors this holiday, she explained, “Some traditions that I participate in are eating apples with honey and baking an apple honey cake that I share with my friends at school each year. Although I am not aware of New Year’s resolutions having a part in Rosh Hashanah, I am always excited for Rosh Hashanah every year because I have the opportunity to learn more about my religion and teach others who are curious. If I had to say what my favorite part of Rosh Hashanah is, it would be the food!”

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Rosh Hashanah is all about new starts with the same traditions. It brings families together and creates several long-lasting memories. This major holiday symbolizes renewal and rebirth for the upcoming year. It is a time for self-examination and reconnecting with one’s self. Just like the traditions never change, so does Rosh Hashanah’s message: a new start filled with promise and hope for a better future. L’shanah tovah tikatev v’taihatem (May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year)!

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