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Rosh Hashanah 2020
In 2020, Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown on Friday, September 18 and ends at sundown on Sunday, September 20.
Presidential Message on Rosh Hashanah, 2020
Rosh Hashanah - The Jewish New Year
The Sacrifice of Rosh Hashanah
Each year, as we hear the story of the binding of Isaac, we must analyze the sacrifices we have or have not made over the course of the year, allowing us to become the best version of ourselves for the year to come.
The Akeida: Questions of Sacrifice
Each year, on the second day of Rosh Hashana we discuss the Akeida - the story for the binding and near sacrifice of Isaac. Each year we, collectively, struggle with the psychological impact and the personal ethics of the story. How could a father do such a thing?
How Rosh Hashanah Works
As the Day of Remembrance, Rosh Hashanah recalls the story of Isaac's near-sacrifice, which Jewish tradition states occurred on the first of Tishri. In this biblical account, God commanded Isaac's father, Abraham, to sacrifice his only son as an offering. Abraham accepts God's command, builds an altar, and prepares to sacrifice his son to prove his obedience and faith in God.
Rosh Hashanah has Begun: What to Know about the Two-Day Jewish Holiday that Leads into Yom Kippur
Also, Rosh Hashanah marks the start of the Jewish High Holy Days leading up to Yom Kippur. It marks the beginning of the 10 “Days of Awe,” in which Jews focus their attentions on repentance and reflection leading up to Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, considered to be the holiest day of the Jewish year. Traditionally, the blood of an animal was sacrificed as a way to remove sin or defilement.