Jews ushered in the High Holy Days Monday with services celebrating Rosh Hashanah — the Jewish New Year.
In Charlotte, services included an alternative featuring modern Jewish music from The Ruach (“the spirit” in Hebrew).
“The Rosh Hashanah Experience” also featured traditional elements — the blowing of the shofar, or ram’s horn, and the reading from the Torah, the first five books of the Hebrew Bible.
A sermon was delivered by Rabbi Rachel Smookler.
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This Rosh Hashanah, which began at sundown Sunday, marks the start of year 5779 on the Jewish calendar. “Shana Tova” is the Hebrew greeting to have a “Good Year.”
Also called the birthday of the world, Rosh Hashanah marks the start of the High Holy Days, a period of repentance and introspection that will culminate with Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, which starts at sundown on Sept. 18.