The 2020 Jewish High Holidays, or High Holy Days, are approaching: Rosh Hashanah will be observed from Friday, September 18th through Sunday, September 20th followed by Yom Kippur on Sunday, September 27th and Monday, September 28th.
Rosh Hashanah marks the Jewish New Year, as it literally translates to “head of the year,” and is embodied by a period of both celebrating the New Year while also atoning for the previous year’s shortcomings. The ending of this 10-day period of penance is marked by Yom Kippur, sometimes called the Day of Atonement and often seen as the holiest day of the year.
Along with traditional synagogue services, fasting and food also play a significant role in these holidays. Rosh Hashanah is usually commemorated with a variety of sweets to reflect the joy of a new year as well as a Seder dinner to reinforce the historical meaning of the holiday, while Yom Kippur is often observed by a day-long fast to deepen spirituality.
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