Jewish academic and Hebrew scholar Irene Lancaster reflects on Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year.
Just one week after the state funeral of the Queen comes Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year. This year Rosh Hashanah falls on Sunday night 25 September.
There are many aspects of this festival which appear to have been reflected in at least two of the religious services held in recent days.
I first want to start with the reading given at the service of reflection for the Queen on 13 September in Northern Ireland. This reading was taken from the Hebrew Bible, Joshua chapter 4. This passage reenacts the crossing of the Reed Sea under the guidance of Moses, when the Children of Israel were first led out of Egypt on their journey via the Wilderness into the Promised Land of Israel.
This time, however, Joshua, having taken on the…