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Shana Tova: Rosh Hashanah offers chance for families to reflect

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(Read caption) Shana Tova: Rosh Hashanah begins this evening at sundown. Rabbi Leonard Lifshen demonstrates the blowing of the shofar, or ram's horn, used in the observance of Rosh Hashanah, which marks the beginning of the high holy days for the Jewish people at Congregation Brith Sholom in Erie, Pa., Sept. 3, 2013.

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L'Shanah Tovah! (Or, if you wish: "Have a good new year!")

Sunset tonight (Sep. 4) marks the beginning of Rosh Hashanah, a two-day celebration of the Jewish new year marked by the sounding of a shofar (an instrument made from a hollow ram's horn) and eating foods such as apples dipped in honey to conjure up the hoped-for sweetness of the new year.


Although not all of us are Jewish, there's universal insight to be gained from Rosh Hashanah, and it can kick off some seriously interesting and worthwhile conversations with kids should you choose to broach the subject.


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