This Friday, Sept. 18 at 6:59 p.m. marks the beginning of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. This two-day festival opens the annual Days of Awe, or High Holidays, which conclude with Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, beginning at sundown on Sunday, Sept. 27.
On Wednesday, Sept. 16, Wagner College Rabbi Dr. Abraham Unger, who is also an associate professor of government and politics, sounded the shofar, or ram's horn, to announce the coming of the new year, also delivering a brief homily on the spiritual meaning of the celebration. The question posed by the holiday, said Rabbi Unger, is, "Who do you want to be?"
The event was organized for Hillel of Wagner College by Prof. Lori Weintrob, co-adviser, and Sarah Zilberzweig '22, president.
Listen to the sounding of the shofar, and to Rabbi Unger's homily: