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Webquest: Rosh Hashanah

Level: Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced

Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year. In this webquest, students will investigate the holiday and learn more about Jewish culture.

rosh hashanah v1

Activity 1

In order to understand when Rosh Hashanah is, we have to investigate the Jewish calendar. Visit the sites below and answer the questions.

www.jewfaq.org/holidayg.htm

www.akhlah.com/jewish-holidays/roshhashanah

1. Describe the Jewish calendar.

2. What is it based on?

3. When will Rosh Hashanah be this year? 

Activity 2

Visit the sites below to find out the answers to the question.

www.jewfaq.org/holiday2.htm

www.reformjudaism.org/rosh-hashanah-customs

1. How is Rosh Hashanah celebrated?

Activity 3

One important aspect of Rosh Hashanah is the celebration of the Days of Awe. Use the following site to help you answer the question.

www.jewfaq.org/holiday3.htm

1. What are the Days of Awe?

2. What happens during them?

Activity 4

Tashlikh is a very interesting custom. Visit the following sites to help you answer the question.

www.ucalgary.ca/~elsegal/Shokel/930915_Tashlikh.html

www.chabad.org/holidays/jewishnewyear/template_cdo/aid/564247/jewish/What-is-Tashlich.htm

1. What is Tashlikh?

Activity 5

The shofar is a musical instrument and it is an integral part of the celebration of Rosh Hashanah. Use the sites below to find the answers to the following questions.

www.jewfaq.org/holiday2.htm

www.holidays.net/highholydays/shofar.htm

www.akhlah.com/jewish-holidays/roshhashanah/rosh-hashanah-shofar

www.lifeinmessiah.org/roshhashanah

1. What is a shofar?

2. What does it sound like?

3. Why is it so important?

Activity 6

Food is a very important part of Rosh Hashanah and there are many Jewish customs related to food. Make a copy of the table below then use the following website to help you fill in the table.

www.akhlah.com/jewish-holidays/roshhashanah/rosh-hashanah-traditions

 type of food custom related to food
  
  
  
  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Activity 7

Look at the following websites to find out about other traditions associated with the festival such as greetings, sending cards, candle-lighting and remembering the dead.

www.myjewishlearning.com/article/rosh-hashanah-customs/4

www.bjewsusa.com/Hday_rosh_hashanah_laws.htm

www.shiva.com/learning-center/commemorate/jewish-holidays/rosh-hashana

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