Later this week will mark the start of a new year for the Jewish community. Wednesday at sundown is the beginning of Rosh Hashanah around the world. In the Jewish faith, Rosh Hashanah starts the days of repentance, ending with another major holiday, Yom Kippur.
Rosh Hashanah should bring about reflection and repentance for the past year. The blowing of a ram’s horn is central to that theme because it makes a very special sound.
“It sounds like somebody crying. So you want to remember, its a call to remember the acts we did wrong and to repair them,” — says Rabbi Fabian Werbin with the Beth Israel Synagouge in Roanoke.
On Rosh Hashanah, Jews also eat apples and honey. It’s symbolism of a sweet year ahead.