Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur - Days of Awe
Rosh Hashana is the beginning of the Jewish year. It is the holiday where we proclaim God's kingship over creation and mankind. It is known as a day of judgment for as we take heed of our actions of the past year. Hearing the blasts of the Shofar, a ram's horn, is the main element of Rosh Hashana as prescribed by Torah-edict. We eat foods that are symbolic for a good, healthy and sweet new year.
Rosh Hashana commences a ten day period of deep introspection with the purpose of self-improvement. The days of awe culminate with Yom Kippur, a day of forgiveness between people and from God. Yom Kippur is considered the holiest day of the year and the greatest gift from God as we are granted a clean slate with a chance to improve and draw near to the Creator