holiday celebrations | days & dates | fun & wacky daily holidays | holiday travel | holiday blog | holiday greeting cards | holiday recipes | holiday crafts | email

Did You Know?
Facts & Figures About Rosh Hashana

Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year, occurring on the first and second days of the Hebrew month of Tishrei. Since the Hebrew calendar is based on a lunar cycle, the dates of Rosh Hashanah vary according to the Gregorian calendar; however, the holiday always falls during either September or October.

Here are some more facts and figures you may not know about the Jewish New Year and the Jewish faith.

Did you know...
that the holiday of Rosh Hashanah was first instituted in the Bible? In Leviticus, G-d told Moses: "Speak unto the children of Israel, saying: In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall be a solemn rest unto you, a memorial proclaimed with the blast of horns, a holy convocation. Ye shall do no manner of servile work; and ye shall bring an offering made by fire unto G-d."

Did you know......
that Rosh Hashanah has several names by which it is referred to in the Bible, including Yom Teruah (the Day of the Shofar) and Yom Ha-Zikkaron (the Day of Remembrance)? The name Yom Teruah refers to the shofar, the hollowed out ram's horn that is blown 100 times on Rosh Hashanah. The name Yom Ha-Zikkaron reminds Jews of their responsibilities as G-d chosen people.

Did you know...
that Rosh Hashanah is also referred to as the Day of Judgment? This moniker invokes the Jewish belief that on Rosh Hashanah, G-d judges each person and determines his or her fate for the coming year.

Did you know...
that Rosh Hashanah is one of three new years in the Jewish faith? Tishrei, the month in which Rosh Hashanah falls, is actually the 7th month of the calendar year. Rosh Hashanah celebrates the creation of the world and marks the beginning of the new calendar year. Nissan is the first month of the year and when the Jewish holiday of Passover falls. Nissan was historically the start of a new year for the counting of kings' reign. Tu B'Shevat, which falls on the 15th of the Hebrew month of Shevat, is the new year for trees -- the date by which observant Jews determine whether a tree's first fruits may be harvested and eaten.

Did you know...
that "May you be inscribed in the Book of Life," is the typical greeting on Rosh Hashanah? On the Jewish New Year, it is believed that G-d records the destiny of each human being in the Book of Life.

Did you know...
that the Book of Life is sealed on Yom Kippur, and with it, everyone's fate? The period between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is the most serious in the Jewish calendar, as it is believed that the fate that was written on Rosh Hashanah may still be changed until Yom Kippur, through sincere repentance.

Did you know...
that Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are the only Jewish holidays that are purely religious? Unlike other major festivals such as Sukkot and Passover (Pesach), Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are not tied to historical or agricultural events.

Did you know...
that the Jewish month of Elul immediately precedes Tishrei, the month in which the High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur fall? The month of Elul is considered a "warming up" period of reflection and repentance, during which special selichot, or forgiveness, services are recited daily.

Did you know...
that on the first day of Rosh Hashanah, it is customary to visit a river, lake or pond, to symbolically "cast away" ones sins into the water? The custom, called Tashlich -- meaning "casting off" -- is delayed if the first day of Rosh Hashanah falls on Shabbat, as it does in 2009.

Did you know...
that on Rosh Hashanah, families and friends customarily gather for a holiday meal? Traditional foods include apples dipped in honey, round challot, carrots, pomegranates, and dates.

Did you know...
that a shofar, the world's oldest wind instrument, is ritually blown on Rosh Hashanah? The piercing sound of the shofar, which is made from a hollowed out ram's horn, serves as a clarion call to worshippers to repent.

Did you know...
that there are some six million Jewish people living in Israel, which accounts for approximately 41% of the world Jewish population? Three out of four citizens of the state of Israel are Jewish.

Did you know...
that in the United States, where less than 2 percent of the population is Jewish, approximately 5.5 million Jews reside.

Did you know...
that the next largest Jewish population is in France, where nearly half a million Jews live. In France, the Jewish community accounts for less than 1 percent of the country's total population.

Did you know...
that today there are fewer than 15 million Jews living worldwide, which constitutes 0.2 percent of the world's population. The Jewish faith is practiced in 134 out of the world's 238 countries.

Did you know...
that Judaism is the world's smallest monotheistic religion?

Did you know...
that prior to World War II, there were over 16 million Jewish people? More than 6 million Jews were killed during the Holocaust.

Did you know...
that five Jewish holidays are celebrated during the month of September or early October? These holidays include Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Shemeni Atzeret and Simchat Torah.

Like this article?

Related Articles:
1996 US Presidential Holiday Greeting (Clinton)
When is Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur? (dates)
What is a Sukkah (Succah)?
Tashlich: A Rosh Hashanah Custom
The Shofar (II)

Add Comment
Pamela from North Carolina, US
12:03 09/19/2011
Curious...why do you leave the o out of God and use a hyphen instead?
Jennifer reiser
07:40 09/09/2010
I think this is great. I can't get to temple and this info was informative and brought back everything I learned and more in Hebrew school years ago . Now I am teaching my children. Thank you.
Brother Tellis from Tennessee, US
05:47 09/08/2010
Praise The Father,, I have been wanting to learn what feast days Jesus would have kept and how. I was not sleepy and then remembered i heard it was time I found this site thank you. I am a new minister being called to leave the city and witness heading east making ready to go for now feeding homeless pray n help are here for the asking theroadsideministry on youtube and same name at yahoo mail. Thank the Father for showing me his light through this website
Brenda from North Carolina, US
13:42 09/02/2010
Jess R from Florida, US
12:03 08/29/2010
Happy New Year to all my friends. Jess
Trinia R. Alexander from Ohio, US
19:28 08/17/2010
The Flame of Zion is calling me! This website is truly a surprise and a greatly appreciated blessing. I am an African American Christian but now I feel closer to Yeshua. Shalom
Marion Womack from Virginia, US
08:20 09/07/2009
Tell me what is ment by monotheistic
carole berg
17:16 09/29/2008
what is the year for this new year?

Visit our other holiday celebrations

Sign up for Free Holiday Newsletters and Text Messages
Email Address:
We'll keep you informed of future Holidays on the Net Celebrations