Did You Know? Countdown to Rosh Hashanah (09/08)

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
About Rosh Hashanah &
the Jewish High Holy Days

Sept 08 : Rosh Hashanah begins tonight @ sundown

Did you know that on the first day of Rosh Hashanah, it is customary to visit a river, lake or pond, to symbolically “cast away” ones sins into the water?

The custom, called Tashlich — meaning “casting off” — involves walking to a body of flowing water and throwing pieces of bread into the water. The bread is a symbolic representation of one’s sins, which are cast off in preparation for a more pure year to come.

Rosh Hashanah, which begins tonight at sundown, is a 10 day period known as the High Holy Days or Yamim Nora’im, a time of penitence and prayer that ends with Yom Kippur. Jews worldwide are given these 10 days to repent for their sins and ask G-d for forgiveness.

*Rosh Hashanah 5771 begins tonight at sundown (Wednesday September 08, 2010).

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