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Rosh Hashana

Monday 21st September - Rosh Hashana

This week we are thinking about the important value of Tolerance of Different Cultures and Religions.

Tolerance means that we are able to accept that people may belive different things to us and still be able to live together happily. The best way to become tolerant of other people's beliefs is to learn more about them.

This weekend was the Jewish Festival of Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah is a special festival which celebrates Jewish New Year. It literally means 'head of the year'.

The festival lasts for two days and this year it started on Friday 18 September.

This is because the dates of Jewish festivals come from the Hebrew Calendar, so the Jewish New Year begins in autumn, as opposed to on 1 January.

What does it symbolise?

Rosh Hashanah is a celebration of the creation of the world and marks making a fresh start.

It is a time for people to reflect on the past year and to ask for forgiveness for anything wrong they feel they have done.

They can also think about their priorities in life and what it important to them.

The festival also marks a time of judgment, when Jewish people believe that God balances a person's good acts over the last year with their bad acts, and decides what the coming 12 months will be like for them.

During Rosh Hashanah, people will ask themselves questions like:

• What is the most important thing in my life?

• What are the most meaningful and important things I have achieved in the last year?

• What do I hope to achieve over the coming year?

Find out more about what Rosh Hashanah means and how it is traditionally celebrated below.


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This year was different though, because of the coronavirus and social distancing rules which mean big get-togethers can't take place. Maite and Gali tell us about their plans for celebrating Rosh Hashanah. 


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Time to think and talk together: 

The shofar sound reminds Jewish people of the need to turn to God and be sorry for the wrong things they have done.

Take a moment to be still and think. Think about what you might do that is wrong, and how you might change and make a new start.

Lets say this prayer together:

Lord God,
help us to respect others, and respect ourselves.
Help us to care for others, and care for ourselves.
Help us to be sorry when we hurt others, and try to put things right.
And may this year be filled with sweetness
for ourselves, our friends and families.


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