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Tonight marks the start of Rosh Hashanah. To those in the campus community who celebrate, Canisius University wishes you a happy, sweet and healthy new year.

Rosh Hashanah begins at sunset this evening and ends at nightfall on Sunday, September 17. The terms means “head of the year” and marks the Jewish New Year. It is the first of the Jewish High Holy Days and a time to reflect on the past year and set intentions for the new one ahead.

Several customs traditionally accompany the celebration of Rosh Hashanah. They include the blowing and listening to “shofar” (an ancient instrument made from a ram’s horn), attending synagogue services and reciting special prayers of “teshuva” (repentance), and enjoying festive meals with many sweets.

If you were to greet someone during Rosh Hashanah, you might say “Shana Tova” (Good Year), “Chag Sameach” (Happy Holiday) or Happy Rosh Hashanah.

Submitted by: University Communications