Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah translates to “head of the year” or “first of the year.”  Rosh Hashanah takes place on the first and second days of the seventh month of the Jewish calendar- Tishri. During the holiday no work is permitted. In the Jewish faith, pomegranates are traditionally eaten on Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) because it has 613 seeds, which coincide with the 613 commanments of the Torah. Furthermore, the pomegranate represents fruitfulness.

Common observances include dipping apples in honey to symbolize the wish for a sweet year and Tashlikh (“casting off”).