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As the world celebrates Rosh Hashanah, which started sunset on Sunday, Sept. 29 until the sunset on Tuesday, Oct. 1, let’s break down what exactly is the Jewish holiday and why is it so significant to the world.

First thing to know is that it is the first month of the civil year for Jewish people. Usually the new year celebration is either September or October (on the Gregorian calendar). On the Jewish calendar, the holiday is in the month of Tishrei.

There is a biblical base to the holiday linking back to the Book of Leviticus, commonly known as the Book of The Law. In this shared Judeo-Christian scripture (Leviticus 23:23-31) to celebrate The Harvest as the top of the year (which is what Rosh Hashanah means).

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Another name for the celebration is “The Feast of Trumpets.” Other people believe that this is really the world’s birthday. Tradition believes that this was the time when God created Adam and Eve.

Like many Jewish religions, there are build ups to another Holy day. This is no exception. This marks the beginning of the 10 day mark up (called the “Days of Awe”) to Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. Yom Kippur is considered the most sacred and holy day of the Jewish year.