Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

September 23, 2014

At Torys, we view diversity as a core strength of the firm, and we are committed to diversity and inclusion in all aspects of our practice and community involvement. This week, the Diversity Committee is proud to recognize Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

Rosh Hashanah commences this week and is the beginning of the New Year in the Jewish calendar. The day is believed to be the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve, the first man and woman.

Rosh Hashanah customs include sounding the shofar (a horn instrument of ancient origin) and eating symbolic foods such as apples dipped in honey to represent sweetness and good health for the coming year.

Yom Kippur, known as the Day of Atonement, is the holiest day of the year in the Jewish calendar and follows nine days after the first day of Rosh Hashanah. Central themes of Yom Kippur are atonement and repentance, and it is traditionally observed with a 25-hour period of fasting and intensive prayer. This is a time to reflect upon one’s actions over the past year, seek forgiveness from God for transgressions, give to charity and make amends with others. Yom Kippur completes the High Holy Days that commence with Rosh Hashanah.

To all observing these holidays, we wish you a Happy New Year or L’Shanah Tovah, and an easy fast.

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