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Published: Tue, October 04, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Florida synagogue vandalized on eve of Rosh Hashanah

Florida synagogue vandalized on eve of Rosh Hashanah

"During the Jewish High Holidays, accessibility can translate into different factors for different people, such as a non-judgmental atmosphere, affordability of the services or the ability for a novice to follow along".

Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur - which begins on the evening of October 11 and continues the next day - are together the time of year referred to as the Jewish High Holidays.

The resonating sound of the shofar is heard at various times during the Rosh Hashanah holiday and "marks its ending as well as its beginning", Leopold said. And in light of today's economy, many cannot afford the cost of services which can run $1,000 or more for a family and may feel left out of the holiest days of the year.

Also, the ram's horn, known as the shofar, is blown. "We come together and ask God to send us a good year".

Challah bread is also eaten in a round loaf to symbolise a circle of life and the new year.

CHIEFTAIN PHOTO/BRYAN KELSEN Rabbi Birdie Becker holds a shofar that is used as part of the Rosh Hashana services at Temple Emanuel in Pueblo.

"Anyone who doesn't see it, anyone who doesn't realize the need in CT, one of the wealthiest states in the nation, just doesn't have their eyes open." he said.

Leaders and politicians from around the world sent Rosh Hashana greetings to Jews in Israel and overseas this week in honor of the Jewish new year.

Along with joyousness, however, comes penitence with Yom Kippur, when solemn words are spoken about wrongs done and people vow to behave better.

Charity Diabetes UK has said people with diabetes don't necessarily need to stop eating traditional festive foods and they can even enjoy sweet foods, honey and alcohol in moderation.

How do Jews celebrate Rosh Hashanah?

"In conversations with friends of mine who are rabbis and other people that deal with psychology, one of the big things we see today is people have a hard time making decisions, a lot of young people especially", Greenwald said. "Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur give us a time to do that, to really sit and think".

Rosh Hashanah literally means "Head of the year" ('ha" is Hebrew prefix for "the').

"All Americans should question whether we're doing all that we can to work on "Tikkun Olam" - repairing the world", Clinton said in her message on Friday.

Rosh Hashanah officially begins Sunday night, October 2 and lasts through Tuesday evening. I wish you all a very happy new year. "We believe that our god is benevolent and at the same time all powerful, and because of that, without fear you really can not believe in our god".

Rosh Hashanah begins on the evening of Sunday and ends the evening of Tuesday.

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