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Rosh Hashanah

Pronunciation: /ˌrōSH (h)əˈSHōnə/ /ˌrōSH (h)əˈSHänə/
/ˌräSH (h)əˈSHänə/ /ˌrä (h)əˈSHänə/
(also Rosh Hashana)


The Jewish New Year festival, held on the first (also sometimes the second) day of Tishri (in September). It is marked by the blowing of the shofar, and begins the ten days of penitence culminating in Yom Kippur.
Example sentences
  • One ambitious Jewish dater arranged a Rosh Hashanah visit to a local nursing home, during which she and her online match blew the shofar for residents who couldn't travel to a synagogue to hear it.
  • He granted that, since 1945, he had not known a Rosh Hashanah as dark as the one of 1982.
  • Shmitah begins this Rosh Hashanah, and I am very much looking forward to a restful Sabbath of the Land.


Hebrew, literally 'head (i.e., beginning) of the year'.

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Syllabification: Rosh Ha·sha·nah

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