His Royal Highness Crown Prince Alexander of Serbia has extended his congratulations on the occasion of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, to leaders of the Jewish community in Serbia and the Republika Srpska.
His Royal Highness says in his congratulations:
“On Rosh Hashanah I would like to extend my best wishes to all members of the Jewish community, wishing you all happy and successful year. It reminds us that we should review events of the past, to pray for the forgiveness for what we did wrong and to try to be better persons and help all the ones who need our help”, pointed out the Crown Prince in his letter of congratulations”.
His Royal Highness has sent his message in writing to Alona Fisher-Kamm, the Ambassador of Israel to Serbia; Mr Isaac Asiel, Chief Rabbi of Serbia; Dr Ruben Fuks, President of the Association of the Jewish Communities in Serbia; Mr Arije Livne, President of the Jewish Community Banja Luka; and other prominent representatives of the Jewish community. This was informed the public by the Serbian Royal Court.
Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year. It is the first of the Jewish High Holy Days specified by Leviticus which occur in the early autumn of the Northern Hemisphere. Rosh Hashanah is a two-day celebration which begins on the first day of Tishrei, which is the first month of the Jewish civil year but the seventh month of the ecclesiastical year.
Rosh Hashanah customs include sounding the shofar (a hollowed-out ram’s horn), as prescribed in the Torah, following the prescription of the Hebrew Bible to “raise a noise” on Yom Teruah. Its rabbinical customs include attending synagogue services and reciting special liturgy about teshuva, as well as enjoying festive meals. Eating symbolic foods is now a tradition, such as apples dipped in honey, hoping to evoke a sweet new year.