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Rosh Hashanah: A Celebration And A Time To Reflect

On a global scale, Rosh Hashanah is the first day of the new year 5772, according to the Jewish Calendar. On a personal level, Rabbi Geoff Mitelman of Temple Beth El of Northern Westchester said, it is more about a period of time to reflect. "On a more personal note, the 10 days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is 10 days of repentance," Mitelman said. "It is a time to reflect how we have acted on this past year, and how we want to be in the upcoming year."

Mitelman said it is a time in the Jewish community when people think about how they can become better human beings in the new year. He said that services will be held Thursday night and Friday morning, during which scripture will be read from the Torah and sermons will be given.

One of the really symbolic and special things Mitelman said would happen Thursday, would be the blowing of the shofar, an instrument usually made from a ram's horn, on Rosh Hashanah to signal the beginning of the new year. "It is really to call people together," he said. "I guess I could describe it as a sort of an alarm clock to call people out of their day to day lives and into this period of thinking of where you are now and where you want to be going."

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