Ayanna Nahmias, Editor-in-ChiefLast Modified: 15:43 PM EDT, 1 September 2010
This year Rosh Hashana will commence on the evening of 8 September 2010 which is actually the first day of Tishrei, the seventh month of the Hebrew calendar. Since the Jewish calendar is lunar and Jewish holidays, like the Muslim holidays, start at sundown which is the beginning of a new day, this holiday actually begins on Thursday, 9 September 2010.Rosh Hashanah (Hebrew: ראש השנה, literally "head of the year," Israeli: Hebrew pronunciation: [ˈʁoʃ haʃaˈna] is a Jewish holiday commonly referred to as the "Jewish New Year. Rosh Hashanah is the first of the High Holidays or Yamim Noraim ("Days of Awe"), or Asseret Yemei Teshuva (Ten Days of Repentance) which are days specifically set aside to focus on repentance that conclude with the holiday of Yom Kippur.Source: Wikipedia
As Rosh Hashanah and the Days of Awe begin, Jews around the world will celebrate a joyous New Year before entering a penitential state of fasting and reflection. Coincidentally, the Muslim holiday of Ramadan with its 30 days of fasting will be coming to an end.
Since we strive to highlight the commonalities between these two Abrahamic religions, and hopefully introduce the readers to alternative views of each faith, I would like the close the article with warm regards to friends and family of both faiths.
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