Today marks the beginning of the two-day festival of Rosh Hashanah, which is the Jewish new year celebration. According to the Jewish Discovery Center's website, the holiday commemorates the "anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve...and their actions toward the realization of mankind's role in God's world." The holiday, among other things, marks a reaffirmation of God as king.
Rosh Hashanah emphasizes the relationship between God and man. The shofar, a ram's horn fashioned into a sort of musical instrument, is used to signify many things, for example the heralding of the yearly coronation of God as king. The blast of the shofar also represents a call to repentance, for this holiday also observes the anniversary of the first sins of humankind and its subsequent repentance. The holiday is the beginning of ten days of repentance, which lead up to Yom Kippur, the day of atonement and the holiest of Jewish holidays.
Symbolic foods are eaten to represent hopes and prayers for a good new year, according to jewishdiscoverycenter.org/ For example, apples dipped in honey represent a desire for a sweet new year.
Last year the Jewish Discovery Center hosted sessions to help people prepare Rosh Hashanah dishes as part of its "Dinner Done" program, which helps teach about traditional Jewish foods and their ingredients.
For more information on the high holidays of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur or other philosophies and principles, see the Jewish Discovery Center website. The center is located in Clarks Summit.