Women and girls light candles tonight to mark the beginning of Rosh Hashanah, whose meaning as a Jewish holiday is fourfold: It is the Jewish New Year, the Day of Judgment, the Day of Remembrance, and the Day of Shofar Blowing.
Krista Tippett, on public radio's "Speaking of Faith," explains: "The sage of the Talmud, the 12th-century philosopher Maimonides, interpreted the call of the shofar at Rosh Hashanah in this way: 'Awake, you sleepers, from your slumber. Examine your deeds. Return in repentance and remember your creator.' Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services build on prayers and confessions of mistakes, transgressions, and ethical lapses, both individual and communal."