• Rosh Hashanah

    A Message from the Superintendent:

    It may be helpful to share with your students the significance of the following so that their understanding of our world is enriched… 

    This coming Wednesday evening our Jewish sisters and brothers begin the celebration of Rosh Hashanah – during this time ancient customs are revisited with special foods and traditions, and it’s one of the most important holidays in the Jewish calendar. Essentially Rosh Hashanah, literally the “head of the year” is the Jewish New Year. It is a time of inner renewal and divine atonement. 

    (from USAToday) What is Rosh Hashanah? It’s the Jewish New Year – also spelled Rosh HaShanah, Roshashana and Rosh Hashannah, among other variations – is the first of the Jewish High Holy Days and is usually celebrated in September. Due to the Jewish calendar being based on the lunar cycle – like Easter is for Christians – it moves every year. In 2016, it began October 2.
     
    When is it this year? It begins the evening of Wednesday, Sept. 20, and ends on the evening of Friday, Sept. 22. In general, Orthodox and some other conservative Jews observe it from start to finish, while more liberal Jews tend to attend services only on the first full day, in this case Thursday, Sept. 21.
     
    What happens during Rosh Hashanah? Though it depends on which Jewish tradition is being followed, much time is spent at a synagogue. During services, a hollowed-out ram’s horn, known as a shofar, is blown, symbolizing a call to repentance. Many Jews also observe a tradition called tashlich, meaning “casting off” in Hebrew, in which they go to a nearby river or lake and throw pieces of bread, which signifies the washing away of sin.
     
    My thoughts…In this time of reflection as celebrated by those of the Jewish faith…so should us all…take a moment to share in this rich tradition and reflect on our own lives…are we fair…are we judgmental…do we look to see the good in all…what are we really all about ?
     
    The history of the world is entwined around the history of religions…let us all cherish the value and meaning of this diverse world we live in…
     
    To our friends of the Jewish Faith…Happy New Year…
     
    Jim Scully
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