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How does Rosh Hashanah relate to the harvest time of the year?

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kimsteinberg | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted September 16, 2012 at 10:26 PM via web

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How does Rosh Hashanah relate to the harvest time of the year?

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jpope1 | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted September 16, 2012 at 11:33 PM (Answer #1)

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Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year. It occurs 163 days after the first day of passover, in early fall. The holiday occurs between September 5th and October 5th.

Rosh Hashanah marks the beginning of a new season of harvest. Many communities in southwest Asia considered the calendar year to begin with the autumn harvest or rainy season. It was common to celebrate the New Year during this time. 

The holiday is a time to reflect upon God's just and omniscient nature.  It is a chance to reflect upon one's own actions that year, and to renew one's religious and ethical commitments.

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