Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, begins

Shana Tova!  At the start of Rosh Hashanah, the publisher and staff at NJTOTDAY would like to extend our wishes for a happy and healthy new year to the Jewish community.

While it’s 2014 in the Gregorian calendar, the Hebrew calendar is moved into the year 5775 at sunset on Wednesday.

Most Jews traditionally mark the festival by attending worship services at synagogue and spending time with family and friends – and of course there’s food. 

The pomegranate becomes ripe on time for Rosh Hashanah and genetically contains 613 seeds, which is the number of Jewish statutes handed down by Moses.

Although it’s a time for celebration, it’s a solemn festival when people are encouraged to take the opportunity for personal reflection and ask forgiveness for their wrongdoings over the year just gone.

President Barack Obama stood before the United Nations General Assembly today and said, “From the Ebola outbreak in parts of West Africa, to Russian aggression in Ukraine, to the senseless brutality of ISIL terrorists threatening innocent lives, there are problems that demand the urgent attention of the international community. There’s much to be done to meet the test of the moment, a test that only the United Nations — an international community working together — can choose to overcome.”

:As Jews across America, Israel, and the world gather together for the High Holidays, Michelle and I extend our warmest wishes to you and your families for a sweet and happy new year,” Obama said. “My good friend Elie Wiesel once said that God gave human beings a secret, and that secret was not how to begin but how to begin again. These days of awe are a chance to celebrate that gift, to give thanks for the secret, the miracle of renewal.”

“New Jersey is fortunate to benefit from a vibrant Jewish community that contributes to our cultural diversity through business, academics, service and leadership,” said Governor Chris Christie. “The start of these High Holy Days serves as an opportunity to reflect upon the past year with our families, while also looking to the future with a renewed sense of optimism.”



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