As usual, a little Rosh Hoshana education can be useful to guide the non-Chosen through the political correctness minefield of the next 10 days. Rosh Hoshana starts tonight (Monday) at sundown. Here are some RH FAQ, which we first ran in 2006.
Is Rosh Hoshana the most important day of the Jewish calendar?
God starts deciding whether you should live or die in the coming year. So, yeah, pretty important.
What about Yom Kippur?
That’s when God finishes deciding.
It is the Jewish New Year, but it’s not that kind of New Year. The celebration is marked by apples, honey and long hours in the synagogue, asking forgiveness for everything you did wrong the previous year.
What are High Holiday tickets?
Is it ok to schedule sidewalk sales, first days of dance class, etc on Rosh Hoshana or Yom Kippur?
Jews don’t expect the whole world to stop having fun just because they’re clocking long hard hours atoning. On the other hand, they don’t want you to have too much fun without them.