Judaism: Rosh Hashana - Jewish New Year
Rosh Hashana is the Jewish New Year. It falls on the first of Tishrei, but is the 6th day of creation, the day that man was created.
It is also called the Day of Judgment because every person and every nation passes before the Heavenly Court and is inscribed in the Book of Life for the next year.
More detail on Rosh Hashana
Because of the importance of the day, the entire month of Elul preceding Rosh Hashana is a month of introspection when we prepare ourselves.
During Elul, we ask forgiveness of people who we may have hurt, we look at our growth over the previous year and see where we could come closer. Primarily during the month of Elul, we recognize and prepare ourselves to crown the Creator as King, Melech. When we take the crown off of our own heads (e.g. our ego-wants) and place it on the Creator's head (for the sake of His Will), we properly prepare ourselves spiritually by once again remembering and confirming that there is a Supreme Being who is in control of our destiny and the entire world.
We ask on Rosh Hashana to be inscribed for a sweet year, full of blessings of health and prosperity, love and success.
By properly preparing ourselves, we cleanse ourselves before that day and "pay our debts" for errors and mistakes made the previous year, so that we stand before the King and can receive a sweet year.
More information on Rosh Hashana can be found at:
Rosh Hashana and High Holiday link at Aish.com
Rosh Hashana Prayers from Naaleh.com - register for free
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