glossary of terms

Rosh Hashana

Rosh Hashanah is a Jewish holiday commonly referred to as the "Jewish New Year." It is the first of the High Holidays or Yamim Noraim ("Days of Awe"), or Asseret Yemei Teshuva (The Ten Days of Repentance), which are specifically set aside to focus on repentance and conclude with the holiday of Yom Kippur. Rosh Hashanah is the start of the civil year in the Hebrew calendar (one of four "new year" observances that define various legal "years" for different purposes). It is the new year for people, animals, and legal contracts.