How to Wish a Happy Rosh Hashanah

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Rosh Hashanah is the Hebrew term for the Jewish New Year's celebration. The holiday is based on the Biblical holiday Yom Ha-Zikkaron, which comes from the book of Leviticus. It is a time for reflecting on the past year and planning for the next one. Many who celebrate the holiday visit their local synagogue, which holds special services. If you would like to wish someone a happy Rosh Hashanah, do it with a traditional Hebrew greeting.

  • Wish your friend, "L'shanah tovah." This is a shortened Hebrew way of saying, "a good year." It is pronounced "lishahNAH toeVAH."

  • Use the longer, more traditional Hebrew greeting, which goes, " L'shanah tovah tikatev v'taihatem." This longer greeting means, "Be inscribed and sealed for a good year."

  • Say "Happy Rosh Hashanah" if you are unsure of your pronunciation of the traditional Hebrew ways to wish a Happy New Year.

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