The Jewish new year celebration, known as Rosh Hashanah, began at sundown on Wednesday with services at area congregations.
Hashanah means lliterally "head of the year" in Hebrew. It marks the
beginning of a 10-day
period of prayer, self-examination, and repentance ending with Yom
Kippur, the Day of Atonement. This year is 5774 in the Jewish calendar.
Customs observed on Rosh Hashanah
include sounding the shofar, a musical instrument made from a ram's horn, and eating sweet foods for a
sweet new year.
Many congregations celebrate one day of Rosh Hashanah, while others observe two days.