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The Jewish year begins in the fall with the celebration of the High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. The High Holidays signify the beginning of the Jewish calendar year, a time when people think over their way of living, ask forgiveness for the sins they have committed and pray for a good year to come.
Rosh Hashanah (“Head of the Year”) is the official Jewish New Year’s Day on which Jews look back over the year just passed and forward to the year to come. The blowing of a ram’s horn (Shofar) in the synagogue announces the coming of the new year in a memorable way.
Yom Kippur (“Day of Atonement) begins at sunset with the Kol Nidre evening service and continues into the next day until nightfall, lasting about 25 hours. Jews fast throughout the day and attend synagogue for most of the day.
It is held that, while judgment on each person is pronounced on Rosh Hashanah, it is not made absolute until Yom Kippur. The Ten Days are therefore an opportunity to mend one’s ways in order to alter the judgment in one’s favor.