L’shanah Tovah! Celebrating the New Year
Jewish communities are gearing up for a new year! Rosh Hashanah (which translates to “Head of the Year) is just around the corner. This important holiday marks the beginning of the Days of Awe – a 10-day period of reflection, repentance, and renewal leading up to Yom Kippur. Rosh Hashanah starts in the evening and lasts for two full days.
Traditionally, Rosh Hashanah is a time to gather with loved ones, reflect on the past year, and set intentions for the new year. It is customary to have big feasts: some traditional dishes include honey cake, brisket, and tzimmes (an Ashkenazi Jewish stew made with sweet root vegetables).
A common practice during this important holiday is to attend the High Holy Day services, where the shofar (a musical instrument typically made of a ram’s horn) can be heard. Many people also go to a Tashlich service (a ceremony recited alongside a body of running water) where people can throw bread crumbs into the water as a means of casting away their sins. On the second night of Rosh Hashanah, it is customary to eat a new fruit as a symbol for the newness of the year to come.
Celebrate the Jewish New Year at Your Local Library!
If you would like to learn more about the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah, head to the Vancouver Public Library’s website for a list of books and resources available. However, the best way to learn is always through experience! The Richmond Public Library will host The Bayit on September 22nd, 2019 so that everyone can learn all about this important holiday and the cultural traditions associated with it. There will be a chance to make holiday crafts to prepare for the new Jewish year. You can sing, dance, and learn all about the special High Holidays! This event is brought to you by The Ben & Esther Dayson, Judaica Collection, the Richmond Public Library, and The Bayit. All ages of children are welcome to join! Drop by between 2 pm and 3:30 pm. No registration is required.