The Jewish holy days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are almost upon us. Here’s a description of this time of year from a California newspaper:
One hundred blasts of the shofar, or ram’s horn, will mark the start of Rosh Hashanah – the Jewish new year – on Thursday. One final blast will conclude Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish year, on Sept. 14.
The High Holy Days also are called the 10 Days of Awe, a time when Jews around the world will focus on their mistakes of the past year – with others and with God – and ask for forgiveness and seek reconciliation before God closes his book of life for another year. It ends with a 25-hour fast before the shofar blows a final time.
“All of us like clean slates,” said Rabbi Andra Greenwald, a member of Congregation Beth Shalom in Modesto. “We emerge on Yom Kippur hopefully with a clean slate, and (hoping) that the coming year will be healthy, full of joy.”
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