Israel Marks Beginning of Jewish Holidays With Rosh Hashanah

09-07-2021 CBN News Jerusalem Emily Jones

JERUSALEM, Israel – Israel kicked off Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, Monday evening.

Rosh Hashana – literally meaning “Head of the Year” – is a time of celebration and contemplation for secular and religious Jews alike. It also marks the beginning of the Jewish High Holy days. Over the next few weeks, Jews will also mark the fast day of Yom Kippur and the week-long Sukkot festival.

The holiday season is traditionally marked with family gatherings and synagogue services.

This year, the Israeli government is urging families to avoid large gatherings and said synagogue prayers should be limited to small groups of vaccinated people.

Last year, the holiday season led to a surge in coronavirus infections that resulted in a full nationwide lockdown.

Israel has already begun administering booster shots of the vaccine, a campaign Prime Minister Naftali Bennett hopes will help control COVID cases during the Jewish holidays.

For Jerusalem resident Efraim Wolff, the holidays are a special time even with concerns about the virus.

“We are trying to manage the best we can, and every year is a special year of its own, so we are trying to do the best, of course, we are looking forward to it,” he told AP.

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STEVE & LAURIE MARTIN - LOVE FOR HIS PEOPLE FOUNDERS My good wife Laurie and I (married 45 years), founded Love For His People Ministry in 2010. This work gives love and support to our friends in Israel and other nations with friendship and humanitarian aid. Through social media, Steve's messages, and our Ahava Adventures trips to Israel, it is a growing, effective organization. Steve has also authored and published 36 books. We live in the Charlotte, NC area and have four adult children, spouses, and eight grandkids. Ahava and shalom with blessings on ye head!

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