Rosh Hashanah means “first of the year” in the Hebrew language, and is also known as the Jewish New Year. Rosh Hashanah traditions may differ slightly around the globe, but the significant meaning of the holiday is unchanging. The holiday is meant for repentance and self-reflection, looking ahead to a new beginning in the new year. The day is characterized by a day of prayer in the synagogue, and celebrating with loved ones over a meal in the evening. To wish friends and family L’Shana Tovah (a good new year) – either right here in Cambridge or across the miles- make the call to order a floral arrangement from Central Square Florist.
While Rosh Hashanah doesn’t officially designate a representative color, white traditionally signifies purity and a new beginning, which is appropriate for the meaning behind both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, which takes place 10 days later. White is elegant and classic; you can select lilies, roses, orchids, or hydrangea for a sophisticated floral design. You may also choose to add blue elements – delphinium, iris or hydrangea – as in the Jewish culture, blue represents divinity.
There are many customs and traditions surrounding the observance of Rosh Hashanah. The holiday is considered a high holy day, and is an important day on the Jewish calendar.
- The shofar is made from a ram’s horn and is played in a similar way to a trumpet. One of the most significant traditions of this holiday is hearing the blowing of the shofar while at the synagogue. Although the history of the custom is not recorded in the scriptures, most believe the shofar’s sound is a call to repentance.
- Work is forbidden on Rosh Hashanah, and the majority of the day is spent at the synagogue in prayer. There is a specific set of prayers, contained in a prayer book known as the machzor.
- When friends and family gather for a celebratory meal, it often includes fresh challah bread and apples, both consumed after being dipped in honey. The honey signifies the hope for a coming “sweet year”.
- A special blessing is said over two loaves of braided challah bread, representing the two portions of manna given to the children of Israel in the desert.If you cannot be with loved ones on Rosh Hashanah, you may want to consider sending a bouquet to let them know how much they mean to you. Call Central Square Florist to discuss which flowers you would like to include, and we’ll take care of everything. L’Shana Tovah to all of our Jewish friends and neighbors!