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20 October 2014
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Why isn't Rosh Hashanah celebrated in January?

The Hebrew months do not correspond with the Western calendar generally used in the West. Rosh Hashanah is celebrated in accordance with the Book of Leviticus in the Hebrew Bible: 'In the seventh month on the first day of the month shall be a solemn rest to you, a memorial proclaimed with the blast of horns.' (Lev. XXIII, 24)

What's the significance of the special Rosh Hashanah foods?

The apples dipped in honey and the sweet carrot stew are symbols of the sweet New Year that people hope lies ahead.

The Shabbat Hallah (or Challah) bread will be made in a circle instead of its usual plait, symbolising the circle of life and the year, as well as the hope that the New Year will roll round smoothly.

The pomegranate often found on the table contains 613 seeds, a reminder to the Jews of the 613 commandments in the Hebrew Bible.

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