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Spertus Closed for Rosh Hashanah

Spertus Closed for Rosh Hashanah

Sunday, September 13, 2015 - 3:00 pm to Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - -


For Rosh Hashanah, Spertus Insitute will close at
3 pm
on Sunday, September 13 and will be closed
all day
Monday and Tuesday, September 14 and 15.

Rosh Hashanah, which translates from Hebrew as “head of the year,” is the Jewish New Year and the commemoration of the birth of mankind. It is a time for joy, reflection, and new beginnings. This year, Rosh Hashanah marks the beginning of the year 5776.

From all of us at Spertus, L'shanah tovah tikateivu. 
Best wishes for a sweet new year!

Why do we eat apples and honey on Rosh Hashanah? 
Apples and honey represent two different kinds of "sweetness" in our lives. The first type comes from moments that are naturally sweet: holidays, life milestones, or being around family and friends. These moments are naturally sweet, just like apples. The second kind of "sweetness" comes from overcoming challenges: finishing a work project, making amends with an old friend, or taking care of a sick child. These moments seem painful at first, but later become occasions to celebrate, just like how bees (with their painful stings) go on to produce deliciously sweet honey!

What is a shofar? 
A shofar is the horn of an animal, used as a musical instrument for Jewish religious ceremonies. Today, it is primarily used during the holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, although it was used more often during biblical times. (Looking for a shofar? We have a number of them available at the Spertus Shop.)

Why is challah round on Rosh Hashanah rather than its usual oval shape? 
Braided challah can represent unity — separate pieces twisting together to create one whole. The rounded challah however represents the "rounded year" or the yearly cycle; a year of unlimited possibilities and blessings.

How is Rosh Hashanah related to Yom Kippur, which falls on September 22 and 23 this year?
The period between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is known as the Ten Days of Penitence. This time is seen as an opportunity for change and is filled with repentance, prayer, and charity.

WHY DO JEWISH HOLIDAYS FALL ON DIFFERENT DATES EACH YEAR?

Judaism follows a lunar calendar, which means the cycle of the moon determines the lengths of the months. The lunar year has 354 days compared to the Gregorian/solar calendar that has 365. The eleven-day shortfall is made up by the addition of a “leap month” occurring seven times within each 19-year cycle. This keeps the discrepancy between solar and lunar calendar years at a minimum, but alters the dates of when Jewish holidays fall on the solar calendar.

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