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The Jewish High Holy Days

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are the most important of all Jewish Holidays and the only holidays that are purely religious, they are not tied to historical or natural events. They are observed in the fall season of the western calendar and the seventh month of the Jewish calendar - Tishri.

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is observed on the first and second day of Tishri, the seventh month of the Jewish calender.

Yom Kippur, The Day of Atonement, falls on the tenth day of Tishri. It is the most solemn day of the Jewish year.

Rosh Hashanah begins a 10 day period, known as the High Holy Days or Yamim Nora'im, a time of penitence and prayer that ends with Yom Kippur. Jews worldwide are given these 10 days to repent for their sins and ask G-d for forgiveness.

"May you be inscribed in the Book of Life"

Is the common greeting during this period as it is believed that on Rosh Hashanah the destiny of all mankind is recorded by G-d in the Book of Life. On Yom Kippur the Book is closed and sealed. Those that have repented for their sins are granted a good and happy New Year.

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Julia from United States
08:03 10/07/2011
I was looking at e-cards and seen this holiday and wondered what it was about, so I ended up on this site. I really like the content and how it is arranged and the colors are good. Thanks for taking the time to teach me something.
Paul G from United Kingdom (Great Britain)
09:41 09/27/2011
L'Shana Tova to our Jewish friends! I always use this great site for info on Jewish/Israeli it is polite to know something of the customs or those you do business with, many of whom can be called friends. Keep it going! Best regards
Hector Guerrero
00:29 04/26/2011
Are these two holidays on the month of Tishri - Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the only holidays that are called "high day"? Is the feast of the unleavened bread also a "high day"? Thanks
10:50 09/10/2010
L'Shana Tova! I have Jewish heritage and an author: TEVYE AND THE STREETS OF GOLD, the sequel to FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
Charles Dickens from Connecticut, US
20:36 10/01/2009
This is a very interesting article that I find very interesting. Teachers, such as myself, should show this to their students, as I do. I happen to be a Jew, so I find this of immense importance.
sherrie from Idaho, US
23:14 09/19/2009
why do you spell G-D instead GOD?
ED from United Kingdom (Great Britain)
11:46 07/03/2009
Not great for study for school, though Jews seem to like this site.
a humble servant pastor andy m. stubbs from Georgia, US
11:24 05/05/2009
absolutly bueatiful Shalom my friends,Shalom, may our Lord Thy God, bless thee all,a-men
Rene Garza
16:01 10/05/2008
I would like to thank you for this most wonderful web site. I have learned so much. I have a few wonderful Jewish friends. They have taught me so much of being a wonderful and giving human being. I admire and respect your Spirituality and beliefs. Thank you. Shalom
Irene Craner
12:45 09/28/2008
Not Jewish would like to study. It seems that I was born on Rosh ashana this year!

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