Rosh Hashanah falls on the first new moon of the autumn, this year on the evening of the 13th and day of the 14th September. It marks both the turning inward of the year, and the turning inward of a human begin toward themselves. It is a celebration of new beginnings but a solemn one. The ram’s horn, the shofar blast we repeat so many times on this long day, calls us to account. What are we doing with our lives? Who have we hurt, what harm have we done? How can we take the practical steps to make amends?
This is a serious time but also a celebration. Ultimately though, Rosh Hashanah celebrates looking forwards and not turning back.
We welcome many visitors to our Rosh Hashanah services, which we follow, after the morning service, with a short trip to Clissold Park, where over a body of moving water we symbolically scatter crumbs into moving water- throwing out the crumbs of actions we regret in the past. We return for a community lunch, with lots of apples, honey and honey cake, for a sweet new year.