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Celebrating a treasured holiday

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At RSM, we value the unique perspectives that our 11,000 people nationwide bring to our clients to help them succeed every day. And today, we’re celebrating Rosh Hashanah – a holiday that a number of our people celebrate. 

For those who might not be familiar with it, Rosh Hashanah is a celebration known as the Jewish New Year, which begins on the first day of the seventh month of the Jewish calendar. And while it’s not a national holiday here in the U.S., many people do take it as an optional holiday, and many Jewish organizations are closed or have restricted hours in observance of the event.

Rosh Hashanah means “heads of the year,” in Hebrew. It’s a time for reflection and repentance. While it might last for two days, it’s sometimes called the Day of Remembrance or the Day of Blowing the Shofar (an ancient musical horn typically made of a ram’s horn). It’s one of Judaism’s holiest days, commemorating the creation of the world, and it marks the beginning of the Days of Awe, a 10-day period of introspection and repentance that culminates in the Yom Kippur holiday, also known as the Day of Atonement.

Another popular practice is to eat apples dipped in honey, symbolizing the hope for a sweet year to come. Also, challah bread is baked in round loaves rather than of braided loaves. The bread is then dipped in honey instead of salt. Pomegranates are eaten because the seeds are symbolic of the many commandments in the Torah that Jews must fulfill.

This year, Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown on September 29.

To all of our friends who celebrate the holiday: Shanah Tovah! (May you have a good new year!)

Brian Riordan
Senior Manager and National Interfaith Employee Network Group Leader


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