שנה טובה L’shanah tovah tikatev v’taihatem, which means “May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year.” Today marks the beginning of a new year in the Jewish calender. Now why 5772? Isn’t it only the year 2011? Well, the Jewish calender goes by the lunar year and not by our standard Gregorian calender which has only been in counting for 2011 years. So in other words, we’ve been counting a lot longer.
The Torah refers to the holiday as Yom Ha-Zikkaron or the day of remembrance or Yom Teruah the day of the sounding of the shofar. Now as the beginning of a new year, we look at it as a sweet and healthy new year. This symbolism comes from us dipping apples in honey. There is similarity between the Jewish New Year and the American Year: Many Americans use the New Year as a time to plan a better life, making “resolutions.” Likewise, the Jewish New Year is a time to begin introspection, looking back at the mistakes of the past year and planning the changes to make in the new year.
One tradition that is well known by most people in the Jewish culture and others is the blowing of the Shofar. On Rosh Hoshana, the shofar which is a ram’s horn, is blown somewhat like a trumpet. One of the most important observances of this holiday is hearing the sounding of the shofar in the synagogues. The sound of the shofar varies based off of different forms of notes that are sustained or repeated different times. This suggests that the sound of the shofar calls for repentance.
Rosh Hoshana is a day where we can look forward to a sweet year of new endeavors. This year I am looking forward to many new and exciting things for my Rocket Family!
-Go Rockets and L’Shana Tova!