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    Historical commemorations on Rosh HaShanah

    Though the main theme of Rosh HaShanah is spiritual (Penitence, Prayer and Charity) and not historical, it still has a commemorative flavour. It recalls the creation of the world and (on the sixth day of the first week) the creation of man.

    Other events in the Biblical period which are said to have occurred on Rosh HaShanah are Cain and Abel bringing their offerings to God; the Binding of Isaac; Jacob’s dream of the ladder that joined earth and heaven; God hearing the prayers of three childless women – Sarah, Rachel and Hannah; Joseph’s release from prison; and the great assembly of the people convoked by Ezra and Nehemiah.

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