Rosh Hashanah Wednesday evening, 20 September, till Friday evening, 22 September
In Oudtshoorn se vroeë jare het die dorp ook bekend gestaan as Klein Jerusalem, met sowat 600 Joodse gesinne wat in ’n stadium in die dorp gewoon het. Hoewel daar vandag nog net sowat 10 Joodse gesinne op die dorp is, speel dié gemeenskap steeds ’n baie belangrike rol op Oudtshoorn, veral in die sakesektor en in organisasies soos die Rotariërs.
THE two most important Jewish religious holidays are Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
These High Holy days are celebrated and observed in all Jewish Synagogues all over the world.
Prayers in the synagogue on Rosh Hashanah deal primarily with the life and happiness of individuals and with the peace of mankind.
In contrast to all other festivals, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur have neither a historical nor an agricultural background. The customs and ceremonies are to promote thoughts about G-d and about relations with your fellow man.
The prayer book used for these festivals is called “Machzor”.
Candles are lit so that the New Year begins with light and joy and greeting cards are sent with the traditional Rosh Hashanah greeting: “Le Shanah Tovah Tikatevu”, which translates to “May you be inscribed for a good year”.
One of the most impressive portions of the Rosh Hashanah services is the blowing of the ram’s horn – the Shofar. The Shofar is a natural wind instrument and one of the oldest instruments known.