The Jewish community celebrates Rosh Hashanah

Posted by Debra Worley - email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The Jewish community came together Saturday to mark the start of the civil year in their calendar.

Rosh Hashanah is a day of judgement.  On this day, Jewish people worldwide examine their past deeds and ask for forgiveness of their sins.  It is also the day of Shofar Blowing, a tradition where a ram's horn is blown in temple to mark the start of the Jewish High Holy Days.

Several services were held throughout the day at the Temple of Israel in downtown Wilmington to observe the day of rest.

Rabbi Harley I. Katz Wagman said he hopes the congregation uses their faith to push ahead in these challenging economic times.

"Part of what we are trying to do on this particular New Year's is to find a way to cope with our current economic situation," said Rabbi Wagman.  "We're looking for the emotional and spiritual basis to give ourselves the strength to deal with all the things that have hit us in a way that reflects our faith."

Food is also a big part of this Jewish holiday.  Meals usually include apples and honey to symbolize a sweet new year.

©2009 WECT. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed