Jewish Festivals High Holy Days
Jewish Festivals • The themes of repentance (saying you’re sorry) and forgiveness are reflected in the most important holy days in Judaism. • Rosh Hashanah (The Jewish New Year) • Yom Kippur (The Day of Atonement) • These holy days are celebrated in September or October.
Rosh Hashanah • This festival marks the creation of the world. It is also seen as a time of judgement when God balances a person’s good deeds against their bad deeds and decide what will be in store for them in the coming year.
Rosh Hashanah • God’s judgement is noted in one of 3 books: • 1. One for the good • 2. One for the wicked • 3. One for the average person
Rosh Hashanah • During the next 10 days, known as the Days of Awe, people are given the chance to repent (say they’re sorry) as God’s final judgement is sealed at Yom Kippur.
Yom Kippur • The holiest day of the Jewish calendar is Yom Kippur. Apart from the ill, or those taking medicine, everyone above the age of Bar or Bat Mitzvah fasts for 25 hours, and most people spend the entire day praying in a synagogue to make amends with their creator.
Yom Kippur • The Yom Kippur service ends with a single blast of the shofar, and everyone returns home feeling cleansed and with a new sense of purpose. • A shofar is a special musical instrument made from a ram’s horn.