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How to Offer Rosh Hashanah Greetings

Rosh Hashanah is a two-day Jewish holiday that is observed as a day of rest, where people gather to pray in the synagogue. It is marked by joyful greetings and wishes for a good, sweet year.


  • Step 1: Transmit your Rosh Hashanah greetings via the internet. Readily available technology now allows users to instantly send New Year's wishes around the world with e-cards and e-greetings.
  • FACT: The term "Rosh Hashanah" literally translates "head of the year" or "first of the year" in the Hebrew language.
  • Step 2: Send a greeting card to family and friends. Rosh Hashanah greeting cards are enjoying a resurgence in popularity. Cards run the gamut from sincerely religious to overtly goofy.
  • TIP: Enjoy a meal with a round loaf of challah -- a type of bread -- and fragrant foods such as apples dipped in honey as well as ripe fruits to symbolize a sweet new year.
  • Step 3: Declare _l'shanah yovah tikatev v'taihatem_, which means "may you be written and sealed for a good year." This refers to the 10 days of repentance following Rosh Hashanah, followed by Yom Kippur -- the Day of Judgment.
  • Step 4: Say _shanah tovah_ to greet your family and friends. This is a common greetings that means "to a good year." You can also say _l'shanah tovah u'metukah_ meaning "to a good and sweet year."

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