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Rosh Hashana - sounding of the shofarWhen is Rosh Hashanah? Rosh Hashanah begins at sunset on Wednesday, September 22 and ends at nightfall on Friday, September 24, 2017.

Rosh Hashanah marks the beginning of the Jewish New Year, when the faithful look back at the mistakes of the past and plan for a better life in the year ahead.

The sounding of the shofar, traditionally made from a ram's horn, is heard during Rosh Hashanah services which signals the faithful away from sin and toward a more repentant life.

The Bible speaks of Rosh Hashanah as Yom Teruah, or "the day of the sounding of the shofar", but today the holiday has become more popularly known as "the first of the year" with a golden opportunity for those who have been led astray to turn over a new leaf, and begin again!

Rosh Hashanah food and feasting

apple & honeyAlong with a big celebratory Rosh Hashanah dinner, holiday menu traditions include Challah (egg bread) which is braided into a round loaf to symbolize the year's cyclical nature.

The meal is topped off with traditional Rosh Hashanah desserts of seasonal apples and honey, pomegranates, and honey cake dessert recipes to celebrate the hope of a "sweet life" and a Happy New Year! ....Shana Tova!

For more on how to celebrate the sweetness of the New Year, check out these additional recipes in the Chiff Recipe File:

Sweet Glazed Baby Carrots
| Honey Glazed Chicken Wings

More about Rosh Hashanah around the Web:

Up ahead, learn more about traditional and modern celebrations of Rosh Hashanah, along with the fall observance of Yom Kippur that quickly follows ....

Judiasm 101: Rosh Hashanah - With details on the notes played on the shofar with an accompanying audio file, an overview of popular customs and observances that mark the Jewish New Year and more on Rosh Hashanah blessings.

Torah Tots - Rosh Hashanh - Fun as it is educational with descriptions of Selichot prayers, the sounding of the Shofar (ram's horn), Tzom Gedalia and traditional customs together with related coloring pages, e-cards and interactive games.

OU.ORG Presents Rosh HaShanah! - Jewish New Year central, with information on basic-to-advanced information and related resources plus an extensive array of audio classes and video presentations. RealPlayer and Windows Media Player required.

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