GREENPORT — The Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah 5783, will be observed on Sept. 26 and Sept. 27 at Congregation Anshe Emeth, 240 Joslen Blvd., Hudson. The words literally mean “head of the year,” and underscore the ancient Jewish belief that the world was created at this time of year.

For members of the Jewish faith, this event is of paramount importance in the religious calendar for it marks the beginning of the penitential season—a time of introspection and self-appraisal. Tradition has it that during this time each and every person is judged by the Almighty according to their merits and past deeds. What the new year will bring is, in large measure, determined on Rosh Hashanah. Therefore, in order to “insure” a good decree, it is customary to make various resolutions for the future. As it states in the High Holy Day prayer book, “repentance, prayer and charitable acts cancel the stern decree.”

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