In 2017, Rosh Hashanah or the Jewish New Year is celebrated from sundown on September 20, to the evening of September 22. On these special days the blessings bestowed upon each person by God are decided, and Jewish people gather and celebrate the holiday, hoping for a sweet year. Most commonly, people say the phrase L’Shanah Tovah to each other, which means “May you have a good year” in Hebrew. Apples and honey are traditional symbols of the holiday. The apple symbolizes Divine Presence and the honey is symbolic to the hopeful sweetness of the year to come. Here are some quotes and wishes to start celebrating Rosh Hashanah.

"For many Jews, Rosh Hashanah and teshuvah are annual reminders of the possibility to renew relationships with God and with each other." – Rebecca Missel

“No single article can capture the paradox of Rosh Hashanah, much less explain it. To understand Rosh Hashanah, we need to experience it — spend those hours praying in shul, hear the shofar’s hundred notes, dip the apple in honey and eat the tzimmes.” – Yanki Tauber

“During Rosh Hashanah, Jewish people ask God for forgiveness for the things we’ve done wrong during the past year. We also remind ourselves not to repeat these mistakes in the coming year. In this way, Rosh Hashanah is an opportunity to improve ourselves. It’s a holiday that helps us to become better people.” – Tori Avey

“It says in the Talmud that on Rosh Hashanah three books are opened before Him: the book of Tzadikkim, the book of Resha’im, and the book of Beinonim (intermediates).” – Reb Sholom Brodt

“Rosh Hashanah isn’t just about being new, it’s about a change.” – Max Levis

"Rosh Hashanah is the Creation of the World. It is a time to recreate ourselves by recognizing our faults, repenting and asking forgiveness from others for our sins, all leading to atonement, granted by God for our actions." – Marc Rubenstein

 “The blessing over the blowing of the shofar on Rosh Hashanah refers to the mitzvah as “hearing the voice of the Shofar,” but since that voice speaks without words, the message that is heard depends a great deal on who is doing the listening.” - Douglas Aronin

“Jewish tradition teaches us that for the next ten days, the Book of Life is open. As millions of Jews ask God to inscribe their names in that book, we recognize how much lies beyond our control, yet during these days of aw. We recognize our tremendous power to make a difference in our lives and in our world.” – President Barack Obama