Today, for the first time in Ukraine, the Jewish New Year of Rosh Hashanah is celebrated as a national holiday. Together with Rosh Hashanah, Hanukkah and Pesach, Muslim Ramadan Bayram and Kurban Bayram (Eid al-Adha), and Easter of Christians of Western Rite Orthodoxy have been granted the status of national holidays. By this decision, Ukraine has demonstrated respect for the centuries-old traditions of its multicultural society.
According to the Jewish tradition, Rosh Hashanah is considered the Day of the Creation of the World, and today the 5781st year of the birth of life on Earth begins. Indispensable attributes of the festive table among Jews on this day are honey, apples and pomegranates. Honey and apples symbolize the traditional wish of “Shana tovah u’metukah” – a sweet and happy New Year. And the pomegranate with its many seeds indicates the number of good deeds to be done in the coming year.
Happy New Year 5781! Let more good deeds be done in it than has been planned.
Shana tovah u’metukah!