Rosh Hashana is the day marking the beginning of the new year. It is one of the most significant days in our calendar.

Primarily, it is considered a day of judgment - being that on this day a person is judged for his actions over the past year, and his fate for the coming year is determined.

Even though this judgment is announced and inscribed by G-d on Rosh Hashana, it is actually only sealed on Yom Kippur (the day of Repentence). During the ten days between Rosh HaShana and Yom Kippur, the ‘Ten Days of Repentance’, a person can try to change the verdict before it is too late.

The festival falls on the first and second day of Tishrei, and the main commandment of the day is hearing the Shofar blasts. The Shofar (a trumpet made out of a ram’s horn) is blown at various intervals throughout the morning prayers. If Rosh Hashana falls on a Saturday, the Shofar is not blown.

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