The local Jewish community gathered for services and a seder Wednesday evening at Congregation Beth Shalom to mark the beginning of Rosh Hashanah and the High Holy Days. Also called the 10 Days of Awe, the High Holy Days are a time when Jewish people around the world focus on their mistakes of the past year and seek God’s forgiveness. It begins with blasts of the shofar, or ram’s horn, at the start of Rosh Hashanah – which literally means the “Head of the Year” – and ends with Yom Kippur and a 25-hour fast before the shofar sounds a final time. Wednesday evening, Rabbi Shalom Bochner led the services, followed by the seder, made up of ritual foods symbolizing a good year.
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