Rosh Hashanah Writing Prompts

Here are 10 Rosh Hashanah writing prompts you can use to ring in the holiday with your classroom or your own personal journal. If you enjoyed these prompts, buy the entire collection of 1,000 Writing Prompts for Holidays on Amazon.

51. During Rosh Hashanah, honey is eaten to symbolize having a sweet new year. What do you think it means to have a sweet new year? What are some ways that you can have a year that is sweet?

52. Even though this holiday often falls in September, it is considered the Jewish new year because Judaism uses a calendar based on the moon. How do you think your life would be different if you used a different calendar than most other people?

53. To celebrate Rosh Hashanah, Jews gather in synagogues and listen to a musical instrument made out of a ram's horn called a shofar. What do you think a shofar might sound like? What do you think the blowing of the shofar might mean?

54. Imagine that you and your friends have been invited to a Jewish new year party even though you aren't Jewish. Describe what the party is like and what you and your friends do there for fun.

55. One tradition of Rosh Hashanah is for people to apologize to their friends and family for negative things they did to these people during the past year. If you wanted to apologize for the things you did wrong in the past 12 months, who would you apologize to and why? How would you feel after you apologized?

56. Imagine that your teacher or parent created a book with a record of who had good, bad, or average behavior in your class or home in the past year. Would you be labeled as good, bad, or average? Why? If you were bad or average, what could you do to move up to good?

57. Create a made-up story using the following words: apples, books, honey, and celebration.

58. Why do you think it's so hard sometimes to say you're sorry for something? Do you think that it will get easier or harder as you get older and why?

59. Many Jewish prayer services are conducted in the Hebrew language. Why do you think Jews don't conduct most of their service in English? How do you think you would follow along if you attended a service in a synagogue?

60. People of the Jewish religion have been treated badly by many different countries over the years. What do you think is the best way to avoid discrimination and mean acts against a religion or a race? What would you do if you saw someone making fun of someone's religion or heritage? Why?

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