Rosh Hashanah

Alternative Spellings

Rosh Hashana, Rosheshone


  • The Jewish new year

Example Sentences

  • "Are you coming for Rosh Hashanah lunch?"

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew


ראש השנה 'lit. head of the year'

Who Uses This

Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
Non-Jews: (words that have spread outside of Jewish networks)


North America


The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).


Pronounced Roshasha-NAH by some and Rush-uh-SHUN-uh by others (corresponding to Modern Hebrew or Ashkenazi Hebrew pronunciation)

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