Today is Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, celebrated by Jews worldwide. The Jewish High Holy days began on Sunday night with the Eve of Rosh Hashanah. Observance of Jewish holidays begins at sundown on the eve of the holiday. In many synagogues, there will be a blowing of a ram’s horn, or shofar, today to signal the new year, 5779 in the Hebrew calendar. Rosh Hashanah marks the start of the Jewish High Holy Days, or “10 days of awe,” which conclude with Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year in the Jewish faith, on Wednesday, Sept. 19. There are special foods to mark the High Holy Days, such as challah, a traditional Rosh Hashanah bread that is braided to symbolize the eternal cycle of life. Challah is traditionally dipped in honey, symbolizing the hopes for a sweet New Year. An apple dipped in honey is another traditional Rosh Hashanah food. Pomegranates are eaten, and their many seeds symbolize the many good deeds that are expected. In Judaism, Rosh Hashanah means more than just a new year – it commemorates the birth of the world and all humanity at the creation of Adam. Jewish tradition uses the image of a Book of Life to describe the meaning of the holy days. God writes names in the Book of Life on Rosh Hashanah, the Day of Judgment, and the book is sealed on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.