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Shana Tova Umetukah, Happy New 5779 Jewish Year (Rosh Hashanah)!

Rosh Hashanah is literally translated as “head of the year”, and idiomatically refers to the Jewish New Year. The term first appears in the Tanakh. In fact, Judaism has four “new year” observances which mark various legal “years”, much like 1 January marks the “New Year” of the Gregorian calendar while other dates mark fiscal or other “new year” events. Rosh Hashanah is the new year for people, animals, and legal contracts. The Mishnah also sets this day aside as

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