In assembly this we week we found out about the Jewish festival Rosh Hashanah.
Jews believe that on Rosh Hashanah, God looks at each of them to see what they have done, good and bad, in the previous year.They have ten days to ‘repent’ (literally, turn around) and be good.On the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur), if they have tried hard to be good, and made friends with people they’ve argued with, they will be forgiven.
During this time:
Special stories are told, there are also special practices.
Apples and honey are eaten and are given to family and friends.
These sweet things are given and eaten because the people want sweetness and happiness in their lives in the coming year and wish this for others.
The shofar – a special horn (a ram’s horn) – is blown during prayer services at Rosh Hashanah.