Dear Rabbi, Why is the Jewish New Year in September? Margot Ferron
Dear M., What an excellent question. The question goes even deeper: is a new year chosen arbitrarily or is there some spiritual connection between the day and the holiday?
So let's start from the beginning; literally The Beginning. According to the Bible G-d created the world in six days. What day on the calendar did it all begin? According to Jewish tradition it was in the fall and the day chosen as the New Year is the day Adam and Eve were created (the sixth day of creation).
It is therefore the collective birthday of all of mankind and that is why that day was chosen as our new year. This year will be 5,773 years since Adam and Eve were created, so happy 5,773rd birthday to y’all.
Or as we say in Hebrew; Shana Tova U’Mituka, A Sweet New Year.
Want to know why G-d created the world in the fall? Or any other question? Don’t be shy just ask the Rabbi.