Jewish New Year In New York
Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year means the “head of the year.” It is believed that three books which account the last year’s deeds of the wicked, the righteous, and those in between are recorded. The names of the righteous are immediately inscribed in the Book of Life, the wicked are “blotted out of the book of the living forever” and those in between are allowed 10 days until Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement to reflect, repent and become righteous. A ram’s horn, the Shofar is sounded intended to awaken the listeners from their “slumbers” and alert them to the coming judgment. Like many New Year’s celebration Rosh Hashanah is festive and people dress up to look their best.
On September 12, 1912 a girl get her shoes shined in New York City in preparation for Rosh Hashanah.