The High Holy Days (Yamim Noraim )


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Yamim Noraim is the name of the two most important days in the Jewish calendar: Rosh Hashana (Jewish New Year) and Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement).

Rosh Hashana  is a two-day celebration, which begins on the first day of Tishrei ( the first month of the Jewish civil year). Rosh Hashanah customs include blowing the shofar  and eating  apples dipped in honey for a “sweet new year”.

Yom Kippur  is the holiest day of the year for the Jewish people, it’s about atonement and repentance. We observe a 25-hour period of fasting and intensive prayer and we often spend most of the day in the synagogue.

In Or Avner-Green Kindergarten and School we learn about Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur,  we introduce children to special traditions related to these holidays: blowing the shofar, saying prayers , eating the head of a fish or eating symbolic food such as apples dipped in honey.   Children become familiar and understand the concepts of repentance, forgiveness and friendship through age-appropriate activities.