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Rosh Hashanah Quotes – Greetings for Rosh Hashanah, Rosh Hashanah Wishes

The Jewish New Year festival of Rosh Hashanah is celebrated with much pomp and glory by the Jewish community across the world, with religious services and people wishing each other with popular Rosh Hashanah quotes and greetings. Observed on the first and second days of the seventh month of the Hebrew calendar, the festival marks the beginning of the New Year in the Hebrew calendar. For the Jews, this is the time of the year when families get together from far and wide, prepare mouth-watering recipes and craft special cards for their near and dear ones. To make these cards even more personalized, one can even add beautiful Rosh Hashanah quotations to these festive cards. Additionally, people also greet each other during these days with traditional Rosh Hashanah greetings and wishes. Read on to fins some popular greetings for Rosh Hashanah or Rosh Hashanah wishes.

Greetings for Rosh Hashanah:

  • “So as we observe the state of the nation and the world, see their progress and their struggle, we can and we should observe the state of our own being. Not only in terms of how much more we are doing, observing and learning, but also in terms of how much more deeply and sensitively we are living.”
  • “As we dip our apples in honey, we pray for an additional measure of sweetness. May we continue to grow in our commitment to our faith, our people and community. May all Jews experience blessings in the year ahead, and may the world become a better place for all your children.” Rabbis Bennett Miller & Eric Lankin
  • “May it be Your will, Lord our God and God of our ancestors, that you renew for us a good and sweet year.”
  • “What you give for the cause of charity in health is gold; what you give in sickness is silver; what you give after death is lead.”
  • “And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: Speak to the Children of Israel that on the first day of the seventh month you will have a Sabbath, a memorial of the horns, a holy gathering.”
  • And the Lord God placed Adam in the Garden of Eden to work it and to protect it.  –Genesis 2:14
  • Like an apple tree among trees of the forest, so is my beloved among the youths.  -Song of Songs 2:3
  • “What you give for the cause of charity in health is gold; what you give in sickness is silver; what you give after death is lead.”
  • Nature is of the very essence of Deity.  -Israel Baal Shem Tov (1700-1760, founder of modern Hasidism), Shivchei Ha-Besht
  • “They shall come and sing aloud on the height of Zion, and they shall be radiant over the goodness of the LORD, over the grain, the wine, and the oil, and over the young of the flock and the herd; their life shall be like a watered garden, and they shall languish no more.”
  • “They will not injure nor destroy in all my holy mountains for the earth shall be as full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.”

Traditional Rosh Hashanah Greetings and Wishes:

L’Shanah Tovah: This means “May you have a good year” or “For a Good Year” in Hebrew.

Ketiva ve-chatima tovah: This means “May You Be Written and Sealed for a Good Year”.

L’shana tovah tikatev v’etahetem: This means “May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year”. This is said on the first night of Rosh Hashanah following the evening prayers.

Shana Tova Umetukah: This means “A Good and Sweet Year.”

Tizku leshanim rabbot: This means “May you merit many years” in Hebrew.

Gemar Chatimah Tovah: This means “May your final sealing (in the Book of Life) be good.”

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