What Rosh Hashanah Means: Israelis in Jerusalem explain the Jewish New Year Holiday
Jews all over the world will be celebrating Rosh Hashanah or the Jewish New Year this week. Here in Israel it's very common to see storefronts like these selling honey and various gifts people can bring to their families. Dipping the apple in the honey is a custom that expresses hope for a sweet and new year. But the tradition also demands something spiritually of Jews, that they do some soul-searching, introspection, look at their deeds and see how they can improve their life. Let's take a listen to what Israelis had to say about the holiday. The Rabbis say blowing the shofar or ram's horn on Rosh Hashanah is supposed to bring us to repentance, but it's also supposed to remind us of the story of the binding of Isaac. Abraham filled with devotion and trust in God follows his instruction to sacrifice his son Isaac. God of course doesn't permit him to do this, but Abraham's devotion and loyalty and submission to God has become a lesson for Jewish generations. Jordana Miller, JN1, Jerusalem.