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Happy High Holy Days!

Editor’s note: This article has been updated with 2023 holiday dates.

Shanah Tovah! Evansville Living wishes a happy new year to our Jewish readers across the Tri-State.

Rosh Hashanah, which begins Sept. 15, is one of the most important holidays in the Jewish calendar. It marks the beginning of the new year and is celebrated by the blowing of the shofar, a trumpet made from a ram’s horn. Rosh Hashanah commemorates the creation of the world and begins the 10 days of penitence culminating in Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year in Judaism reserved for atonement and repentance.

“As we prepare for Yom Kippur, these 10 days of atonement, this is a time where we are supposed to think about the changes we want to make: the way we can make our lives better, the way we can improve our relationships, the way we can improve our connection to do what God wants us to do,” Rabbi Gary Mazo of Temple Adath B’nai Israel, 8440 Newburgh Road, said at the Rosh Hashanah service in 2021.

The Jewish new year is a time to reflect on prayers and to look forward to a good year ahead. Rosh Hashanah celebrations are filled with mitzvahs (commandments from God), a festive meal, and of course, the sounding of the shofar. Throughout the course of the next 10 days, participants reflect on past mistakes and make amends with others as they pray and perform good deeds.

Yom Kippur, the day of atonement, will begin at sundown on Sept. 24 and last until nightfall the next day, during which many Jews traditionally fast as a way to cleanse the body and spirit during repentance.

Jodi Keen
Jodi Keen
Jodi Keen is the managing editor of Evansville Living and Evansville Business magazines.

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