Rosh Hashanah which started in Manchester last Sunday evening at 18:24 Hrs. When candles were lit as year 5777 began on the Jewish calendar and for the last two days traditional festivities are carried out amongst the Jewish communities around the world; [2nd-4th October]. Customs associated with the holiday include sounding the shofar, eating a round challah and tasting apples and honey to represent a sweet New Year.
The Jewish New Year is a time when Jewish people examine what is important in their lives, a time to make new commitments and renew the bonds that unite all.
The sound of the shofar touches the hearts and souls, calling upon all to become kinder and holier individuals. While ‘New Year’ is usually associated with partying and celebration, the Jewish New Year is observed with reverence, it is a time for reflection and resolution. Manchester User’s Network wishes all our Jewish members and Jews everywhere a happy New Year for 5777.
Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) here previously explained in a Manchester User’s Network article from 2012 [Here]
The meaning of Challah:
The pure, simple, unadorned word challah means “a loaf of bread.” However, in halachic terms the word challah has a very specific definition, and colloquially it came to mean a certain type of bread thousands of years later. We give thanks and credit to Chabad.org for explaining the meaning of Challah .
What is the Shofar:
On Rosh Hashanah, the first of the Ten Days of Repentance, Jews all over the world awake from their spiritual slumber. The shofar is like an alarm that calls on all to examine their deeds and correct their ways and to return to G‑d.
We give thanks and credit to Chabad.org library for explaining the meaning of the Shofar :