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Rosh Hashanah Jewish New Year

ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - Cenla Jews gathered at the Jewish Temple in Alexandria to celebrate the Rosh Hashanah holiday.

It's a special celebration for Jews around the world.

The Jewish New Year holiday Rosh Hashanah began Wednesday night at sundown.

During the prayer service, a ram's horn called a Shofar is sounded which serves as a spiritual awakening.

There's also a custom of eating apples and honey, with the hope of a sweet new year.

"We accumulate some guilt, for things we've done wrong. We haven't really cleared ourselves from it yet. So the focus of Rosh Hashanah is more of a penance, which is turning away from the wrong direction and turning toward the direction we want to go. So that we can start the year off fresh," said Rabbi Harley Karz-Wagman of the Jewish Temple.

The observance begins a 10 day period of reflection for Jews, known as the High Holidays.

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