6 things you didn't know about High Holy Days
By BY JENNIFER PREYSS - JLPREYSS@VICAD.COM
Sept. 23, 2011 at 4:23 a.m.
The Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, will begin Wednesday at sundown for families of the Jewish faith. A celebration will be held Wednesday evening at Temple B'nai in Victoria to mark the beginning of High Holy Days. Rosh Hashanah kicks off a 10-day period of reflection and prayer before Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. Here's six things you didn't know about the Jewish High Holy Days.
1. High Holy Days are also referred to as High Holidays, and exclusive to Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
2. Rosh Hashanah is celebrated over the first two days of Tishrei, the seventh month of the Hebrew calendar, and held 10 days before Yom Kippur. It is described as The Day of Judgment or The Day of Remembrance.
3. Each person is judged by God on Rosh Hashanah, but it is not made final until Yom Kippur. The Ten Days of Repentance are an opportunity to alter the judgment before God signs each person's fate into the book of life for the coming year.
4. The 10-day period from Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is known as the Days of Awe, or The Ten Days of Repentance, a period where Jewish people reflect, pray and ask forgiveness from those they've wronged.
5. Jewish people fast and attend synagogue on Yom Kippur. It is considered the holiest day of the year.
6. Jewish holidays follow the Hebrew calendar, which is lunar. All holidays begin in the evening before the holiday because Jewish days begin and end at sunset, rather than midnight.
SOURCE: UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS HEBREW & JEWISH STUDIES LIBRARIAN, JUDAICA COLLECTION URI KOLODVEY, MSIS