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Rosh Hashanah 2022: Greetings for the Jewish new year

The Jewish new year, Rosh Hashanah, begins at sundown on Sunday.

Jewish communities across Merseyside will celebrate Rosh Hashanah, which concludes at sundown on Tuesday, September 27. The literal translation of "Rosh Hashanah" is "head of the year."

It's an important holiday as it marks the build up to Yom Kippur. During the celebration, you may hear several types of greetings exchanged.

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"Happy New Year" is the most common phrase, but you may hear the Hebrew equivalent.

Jews may say "shana tovah", which translates to "good year". Occasionally the long form of this greeting may be used in cards. "L’shana tovah u’metukah" which means “for a good and sweet year.”

"Tizku l'shanim rabot" is a nice alternative greeting, meaning "May you see many more years."

Rosh Hashanah is celebrated with the sound of the ram's horn, lighting candles every evening and eating holiday foods, including apple dipped in honey. Jews will also perform the Tashlich and attend services in synagogue.

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