The school year began Aug. 26 for students in Harford County.
Rosh Hashanah literally means “head of year” and is commonly known as the Jewish New Year. It is usually celebrated later in September or early October. This year's early start is a good time to harness the back-to-school energy, said the rabbi.
"It makes sense to be starting a new school year at the same time as starting a new Jewish year," Ruskin wrote. "A new, clean notebook, newly sharpened pencils, and a new curriculum, all of these are appropriate symbols for the process of repentance and renewal that Rosh Hashanah brings."
Rosh Hashanah is Sept. 4 to 6 this year. It ends at sundown Friday.
Temple Adas Shalom (8 N. Earlton Rd.) has planned a Rosh Hashanah dinner at 6:15 p.m. Thursday. It is also hosting a service for the second day of Rosh Hashanah at 9:30 a.m. Friday and a Shabbat Torah service at 7:30 p.m. Friday.