Jewish New Year 101

What is the Jewish New Year?

The Jewish New Year, called Rosh Hashanah, marks the beginning of the Jewish civil year. It celebrates the birth of the first human beings, Adam and Eve, in a two-day celebration that focuses on themes of renewal and prosperity. It also coincides with the start of Israel's agricultural cycle of sowing, growth, and harvest. Even though it is a festive celebration, it is less of a party atmosphere and more reflective and symbolic than most secular New Year's celebrations.