Celebrating Rosh HaShanah

A Feast

Have a joyous holiday in your home with family. Set a special table with your best tablecloth and dishes. The woman can light the festival candles. Include the traditional apples dipped in honey with your meal.

Make Amends

Seek out anyone who feels hurt or wronged and “clear the air” by asking for understanding for any harsh words said, or deeds done, during the past year. If anyone has treated someone unfairly, this is the time to correct it and make amends.

Read the Bible

The annual Torah cycle has the following readings for the first day of the Feast of Trumpets: Genesis 21:1-4, 5-12, 13-21, 22-27, 28-34; Numbers 29:1-6; 1 Samuel 1:1 – 2:10. The theme of the readings is “remembered” because Sarah and Hannah were remembered by God.

Blow the Trumpets

Get a shofar or buy the children toy trumpets or make a paper maché shofar. The sound of the shofar is a call to alert and awaken us, but it is up to each and every one of us to repent and come closer to God.

Make and Send New Year’s Cards

Use your imagination to make the cards. One version is provided for you in this here. Feel free to reproduce as many copies as you like. Be creative. Use crayons, markers,  puff paint, sparkles, jewels, and other decorations.

Download the Rosh Hashana Card

Games, Music, Dance

Play “pin the apple on the honey jar.” Dance the Horah in a circle with family and friends.  Play music tapes such as “Arise, O Lord” by Israel’s Hope which also includes “Day of the Lord,” and many others.


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