Simon Marks Primary School marks Rosh Hashanah with special assembly

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They are all integral parts of Jewish New Year, otherwise known as Rosh Hashanah, which starts on 20 September and ends two days later. It is taught that Rosh Hashanah has an influence over our whole year, as it is when God decides our fates for the coming year.

As with the Sabbath, Orthodox Jews are not allowed to use electricity or work during Rosh Hashanah, which helps with the reflection element, although the rules are slightly more lax when it comes to carrying.

When is Rosh Hashanah and what time does it start?

On the first and the second day of Rosh Hashanah, local Jews, both Bene Israel and Baghdadi, will be joined by Jewish expatriates at the synagogues.

Jewish people repent for their sins of the previous year in the lead up to Yom Kippur - the holiest Jewish holiday on September 29.

The tradition is to start the festive meal with apple and honey symbolic of a sweet year ahead. It translates from Hebrew to English as "head of the year".

Rosh Hashanah is celebrated with a candle lighting ceremony.

The province's Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour is wishing all Jewish Newfoundlanders and Labradorians a happy Rosh Hashanah.

Special greetings for the holiday include, "L'shanah tovah tikatevu v'tichatemu" (May you be inscribed and sealed [in the Book of Life] for a good year) and "G'mar chatimah tovah" (A good final sealing [in the Book of Life]).

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