Rosh Hashanah: Where Did You Come From?

Rosh Hashanah: Where Did You Come From?

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Relevant Texts:

TORAH: (Lev. 23:24-25) Speak unto the children of Israel, saying: In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall be a solemn rest unto you, a memorial proclaimed with the blast of horns, a holy convocation. Ye shall do no manner of servile work; and ye shall bring an offering made by fire unto the LORD.

(Numb. 29:1-5) And in the seventh month, on the first day of the month, ye shall have a holy convocation: ye shall do no manner of servile work; it is a day of blowing the horn unto you. 2 And ye shall prepare a burnt-offering for a sweet savour unto the LORD: one young bullock, one ram, seven he-lambs of the first year without blemish; 3 and their meal-offering, fine flour mingled with oil, three tenth parts for the bullock, two tenth part for the ram, 4 and one tenth part for every lamb of the seven lambs; 5 and one he-goat for a sin-offering, to make atonement for you; 6 beside the burnt-offering of the new moon, and the meal-offering thereof, and the continual burnt-offering and the meal-offering thereof, and their drink-offerings, according unto their ordinance, for a sweet savour, an offering made by fire unto the LORD.

There are other passages in Ezekial, but they are ambiguous and highly debatable.

JERUSALEM TALMUD: “The names of the months came up with them from Babylonia.” (Jerusalem Talmud, Rosh Hashanah 1:2 56d)

BABYLONIAN TALMUD: 111 pages in the Soncino translation of the Mishnah. Found in the Moed section of the Talmud, tractate Rosh Hashanah.

-Book of the living/dead (a Midrash on Psalm 69:29)

-Shofar blowing

Teki’ah (long sound) Numbers 10:3

Shevarim (3 broken sounds) Numbers 10:5

Teru’ah (9 short sounds) Numbers 10:9

Teki’ah Gedolah (very long sound) Exodus 19:16,19

Shevarim Teru’ah (3 broken sounds followed by 9 short sounds)

Other Influences:

Rosh Hashanah could also have come from Muslim influence. Their new year is called Ras as-Sanah and among some Muslims there is a custom of dipping dates in honey or eating honey cakes after the end of Ramadan (note: Ramadan is not the end of the Islamic year).

How To:

Synagogue prayer


Tashlich (Kabbalistic practice)

Candle lighting (shel Yom Tov, Shechekianu)

Apples and honey

ROSH HASHANAH 2012 Online Services:

9/16 @ 6:00-6:30PM Eastern
Rosh Hashanah Meditation with Aron
Get centered with a wonderful meditation “sit” steaming live on Aron, our Jewish meditation teacher, will guide us through meditations on the High Holidays. This meditation will be based on the work of Rami Shapiro and his book “Minyan”.

9/16 @ 7:15-8:30PM Eastern
Rosh Hashanah Services with Ketzirah
Join for online High Holidays services. The Erev (Evening) Rosh Hashanah service will be lead by Ketzirah, a Kohenet, Celebrant and artist. For more information about our services, visit

9/18 @ 11:30AM-12:30PM Eastern 
Rosh Hashanah Shacharit Service
An interpretive morning prayer service infusing the traditional Shacharit service with readings, music and video about the meaning of this special holiday. Services will begin promptly at 11:30AM Eastern, lead by Patrick Aleph.

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