Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
About Rosh Hashanah &
the Jewish High Holy Days
Sept 20 : 08 days to Rosh Hashanah*
Did you know there are five Jewish holidays that are celebrated during the month of September or early October?
Did you know that the eight-day long holiday of Sukkot, which concludes with the two-day festival of Shemeni Atzeret and Simchat Torah, has an agricultural significance as well as a religious one?
Agriculturally, the holiday is connected to the gleaning of the harvest. In Israel (and among Reform Jews in the Diaspora), Sukkkot lasts for one week, culminating in a one-day festival combining Shemeni Atzeret and Simchat Torah.
Rosh Hashanah begins 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.