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 ramâ€™s horn, will mark the start of Rosh Hashanah â€“ the Jewish new year â€“ 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 â€“ with others and with God â€“ 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.
â€œAll of us like clean slates,â€ said Rabbi Andra Greenwald, a member of Congregation Beth Shalom in Modesto. â€œWe emerge on Yom Kippur hopefully with a clean slate, and (hoping) that the coming year will be healthy, full of joy.â€
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