TENAFLY, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Jews across the region and around the world marked the New Year at sundown Wednesday with the start of Rosh Hashanah.
As CBS 2’s Emily Smith reported, the high holidays mark a time for repentance and new beginnings.
The sound of the shofar, or rams horn, is heard internationally as Rosh Hashanah services begin.
“Its intention is to really wake us up so that we recognize that it’s time to repent,” Rabbi Jordan Millstein of Temple Sinai in Tenafly, N.J. told Smith.
Torah scrolls are covered in white for the high holiday season.
The traditions extend into the Rosh Hashanah meal.
Matzoh ball soup, a round challah — rather than the typical braided loaf — brisket and gefilte fish will grace many holiday tables, along with apples and honey to symbolically usher in a sweet and healthful year.
LONG ISLAND BEEFS UP SECURITY FOR HIGH HOLIDAYS
As WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs reported, there will be beefed up police patrols around synagogues across Long Island.
There is always higher security at Jewish houses of worship over the high holidays, but tensions in the Middle East are adding to the need for boosted security this year, Xirinachs reported.