LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WWLP) – Jews throughout the world are getting ready to celebrate Rosh Hashanah, which marks the start of the holiest days in the Hebrew calendar. Children at Heritage Academy in Longmeadow are learning how to participate fully in this important celebration.
Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, is a holiday of self-improvement and spiritual growth, marked by personal reflection. It leads up to Yom Kippur, the day of atonement, which is the holiest day of the year.
“Maybe I Improve myself by doing better in school and making it right,” fourth grader Anna Garfinnkel said.
“We can make friends, we can listen to our teachers, we can respect others,” fourth grader Adam Greene said.
At Heritage Academy, the youngsters are learning the religious significance of these high holy days, which will hopefully serve them for their entire lives.
Rosh Hashanah marks the beginning of the year 5775 in the Hebrew calendar.