Why the Jewish New Year is in October BY: JAcob g.

The Jewish New Year is called Rosh Hashanah; it comes every fall, and it is a time tro see where you have messed up in life.

A ram's horn

The ram's horn is like an alarm clock it symbolizes that you need to wake up and look at your life. Its real name is the shofar. The shofar is created by hollowing out a ram’s horn, shaping it, and polishing it. It’s a tricky(and occasionally smelly) feat that doesn’t always end up the way you think it will.

Rosh Hashanah is in October because of the way their lunar calendar is set up.

Towards the beginning of the moon’s cycle, it appears as a thin crescent. That is the signal for a new Jewish month. The moon grows until it is full, the middle of the month, and then it begins to wane until it cannot be seen. It remains invisible for approximately two days2—and then the thin crescent reappears, and the cycle begins again.

The entire cycle takes approximately 29½ days.3 Since a month needs to consist of complete days, a month is sometimes twenty-nine days long (such a month is known as chaser, “missing”), and sometimes thirty (malei, “full”).

Knowing exactly when the month begins has always been important in Jewish practice, because the Torah schedules the Jewish festivals according to the days of the month.

Beginning of month
End of the month


By: Jacob Gehring


Created with images by Mark Morgan Trinidad B - "Star of David" • slgckgc - "Day 272 - Chag Sameach!" • eye of einstein - "quarter moon waxing" • OliBac - "lune / moon"

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