Rosh Hashanah Traditional Greetings

The Jewish New Year is known as Rosh Hashanah which means “head of the year” or “first of the year” in Hebrew.

Shana Tova Umetukah Greeting Card 2014

This festival is celebrated for two days which begins on first day of the month of Tishrei which is the first month of the Jewish calendar.

The Shofar an musical instrument is blown on these two days as sign or a part of the celebration.

L'shana Tova - Traditional Greetings of Rosh Hashanah

Traditional Greetings of Rosh Hashanah :

  • After the evening prayer on the first night of Rosh Hashanah, it is the Ashkenazi and Hasidic custom to wish Le’shana Tova Tikoteiv Vetichoteim (Le’Alter LeChaim Tovim U’Leshalom) which means “May you (immediately) be inscribed and sealed for a Good Year (and for a Good and Peaceful Life)”
  • Shana Tova is the traditional greeting on Rosh Hashanah which means “A Good Year.”
  • Shana Tova Umetukah which means “A Good and Sweet Year.”
  • Ketiva ve-chatima tovah which means “May You Be Written and Sealed for a Good Year.”
  • The formal Sephardic greeting is Tizku leshanim rabbot which means “May you merit many years”. This is answered ss ne’imot ve-tovot which means “Pleasant and good ones”.

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