Rosh Hashanah Begins Wednesday, Sept. 8

The Office for Campus Ministry is pleased to note the commemoration of the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, which begins at sunset on Wednesday, Sept. 8, and concludes with nightfall on Friday, Sept. 10.

Rosh Hashanah is one of the Jewish faith's holiest days of the year and is observed with prayer and participation in synagogue liturgies; furthermore, members of the Jewish community traditionally do not work on Rosh Hashanah in order to participate fully in the day's observances.

Unlike the popular American celebrations of the New Year, Rosh Hashanah is a time of repentance and consideration of one's actions in the past year with a commitment to change in the new year. An aspect of the day that is most well known is the sounding of the shofar. The shofar is a ram's horn blown in a similar manner as a trumpet. In fact, the term Rosh Hashanah is not known in the Jewish Scriptures but rather the day is referred to as either Yom Teruah (the day of the sounding of the shofar) or Yom Ha-Zikkaron (day of remembrance).

The University of St. Thomas community is invited to be mindful of our sisters and brothers who are commemorating this day.