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What Is Rosh Hashanah?

Updated: Aug 23, 2020

What: It is the birthday of the universe, the day G‑d created Adam and Eve, and it’s celebrated as the head of the Jewish year.
When: The first two days of the Jewish new year, Tishrei 1 and 2, beginning at sundown on the eve of Tishrei 1. Rosh Hashanah 2020 begins at sundown on September 18 and continues through nightfall on September 20 (see more details here).
How: Candle lighting in the evenings, festive meals with sweet delicacies during the night and day, prayer services that include the sounding of the ram’s horn (shofar) on both mornings (This year on day 2 only), and desisting from creative work. See our calendar for details.
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