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Happy Rosh Hashanah!

Published on 11/09/2023

Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year and the first of two major holidays celebrated in Judaism. It falls on the first and second day of Tishrei, according to the Hebrew calendar. The name Rosh Hashanah means first day of the year in Hebrew. The holiday celebrates God's creation of humanity, as well as his judgement and forgiveness of sins. In 2023, it will be held between 15 and 18 September, which is not at all like the tradition in other parts of the world, but no less important.

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  1. What is Kosher on Rosh Hashanah?
  2. How is Hebrew written?
  3. Why should I learn the Hebrew language?

What is Kosher on Rosh Hashanah?

Kosher is a term used to describe foods that are permitted under Jewish dietary law. Kosher food comes from the Hebrew word "kashrut", which means "proper". The Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah celebrates the New Year and begins with a day of fasting. Many Jews will fast on this day, although others do not. Those who do not fast may eat kosher food, but those who fast must eat only kosher food. The rules for what is considered kosher on Rosh Hashanah are different from other days of the year because it is a fast day.

The following foods are considered kosher on Rosh Hashanah: 

  • All fruits (except grapefruit). 
  • All vegetables (except beetroot). 
  • Rice.
  • Breads (except corn bread).
  • All cereals (except maize, millet, rye) 
  • All dairy products except non-dairy creamers.
  • All shellfish are considered kosher all year round, but must be immersed in a mikveh, a space where the purification baths prescribed by Judaism are performed.

How is Hebrew written?

The Hebrew alphabet is a set of 22 consonant letters and 5 vowels or "sheva" letters. Vowel letters are not considered whole letters, but part of the letter preceding them. The Hebrew alphabet is written from right to left and does not use spaces between words. Obviously, it has little in common with other languages such as Italian, German or Portuguese. For a visitor to Israel, it can be difficult to decipher a sign or a signpost, as it has nothing to do with their own language such as English or Spanish. However, aware of these difficulties, everything in this country is fully translated.

It is an area of great tourist affluence, due to the importance of certain places for the Catholic religion. The work of a translation company is demonstrated when converting from one language to another. Translation from Hebrew must always be approached with great care, using translators who are qualified to carry out this task from Hebrew. A reliable and qualified translation agency is always a great help. 

Acquiring knowledge of the language is an important stimulus in making life easier for visitors to Israel. The same is true for companies wishing to establish trade links with this part of the world. Israel is an economic powerhouse, so there are a lot of companies interested in making contacts, and there is no doubt that doing so in Hebrew is a good sign of willingness.

Why should I learn the Hebrew language?

The Hebrew language has existed for more than 3,000 years. It is a Semitic language, which is one of the oldest languages in the world. It is also one of the few languages that has a written form for every word. Learning Hebrew can open many doors in terms of culture and opportunities. The Israeli economy is booming and there are many jobs available in this country. In addition, there are many Jews around the world who speak Hebrew as their first language, so it will give you an advantage when trying to communicate with them. 

Learning an ancient language is not only beneficial for the learner, but for the language in general. There are many benefits of learning old languages that we should all be aware of. Ancient languages such as Hebrew, Latin and Greek are being revived in universities and institutions. Scholars are also using them to decode long-lost texts and discover new information about history. Hebrew is a source of wisdom.

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Virginia Pacheco

Blog writer and Community Manager interested in multiculturality and linguistic diversity. From her native Venuzuela, she has travelled and lived for many years in France, Germany, Cameroon and Spain, passing on her passion for writing and her intercultural experiences.

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