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Rosh Hashana 5774

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Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

Rosh Hashanah 2013 falls on Wednesday and Thursday, 5-6 September, 2013 (holiday starts at sundown on Wednesday night September 4). Yom Kippur 2013 -- The Day of Atonement ( Leviticus 23: 26-32). Saturday 14 September, 2013, Kol Nidre starts at sundown on Friday 13. 2013.

Biblical sources for Rosh Hashana can be found in Leviticus 23:23-24. A whole tractate of the Babylonian Talmud is named for the holiday (Rosh Hashanah). In the Code of Jewish Law, the laws of Rosh Hashanah can be found starting in Orach Chaim chapter 581.

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are basically one "unit" of the holidays, with Sukkot and Simchas Torah another unit. The Jewish New Year and the Day of Atonement are a culmination of a period of introspection started some 30 days before Rosh Hashanah. The Jewish New Year is also known as the Day of Judgment. The period between this day and the Day of Atonement is known as 10 days of Repentance. It is believed that even after judgment, true repentance to do Good can nullify a difficult judgment. From this belief spring many customs.

Customs of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur

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Rosh Hashanah Greeting Cards

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More Gifts and Judaica

Get ready for Sukkot now, with gifts for your home and sukkah! Check out our special digital Judaica for Sukkos, such as a pomegranate design mug, "Welcome to our Sukkah" coasters, and the "Zman Simchateinu" ("Time of our Joy") clock in our Sukkah decorations and gifts collection.

p.s. You may notice inconsistent spellings of holidays on this site. The Romanization, or transliteration, of Hebrew is a non-exact art. There are a few holidays that have multiple common Anglo spellings. Jewishbyte.com uses many of them. For instance, Rosh Hashanah and Rosh Hashana are two different spellings of the same holiday.

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