Jewish New Year begins with Rosh Hashana
"It is a time when we get into a contemplative spirit and do our best to wipe the slate clean and to start off the new year fresh, see new opportunities...and work through those internal struggles and challenges we face," said Rabbi Eric Cohen of Temple Israel, a conservative congregation in Manchester.
Rituals during the holiday, which ends Friday, include eating fruit dipped in honey to symbolize the hope for sweetness in the new year.
Yom Kippur is known as the day of atonement when the faithful atone for sins they committed in the prior year by going to those they have harmed and asking for forgiveness, Cohen said.
Foremost in his mind during this year's High Holy Days are internal conflicts in Israel between the religious and non-religious Jews and Palestinians and Jews. He said he also is concerned about the decisions that will made regarding whether to attack Syria.