Montana Jews Celebrate Rosh Hashanah

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Jews across the world are celebrating the New Year and the holiday known as Rosh Hashanah.

Starting Wednesday night at sundown through Friday, Jews will be welcoming the new year, 5774.

The holiday is known as Rosh Hashanah.

"It's the most important two days of the year," said Rabbi Chaim Bruk. "It's 48 hours of not only reflection, but more importantly commitment to the following year. What do we want 5774 years to look like? Do we want it to be a more uplifting year? Do we want it to be a more spiritual year? Do we want to help make the world a better place?"

Through Friday Rabbi Chaim Bruk will be celebrating Rosh Hashanah in Bozeman.

The rabbi, originally from Brooklyn, is the only orthodox rabbi in the state.

He moved to Bozeman to open what's known as a Chabad Lubavitch house to continue practicing the religion with other Montanans.

"People said to me when I moved to Montana, "Are there Jews in Montana? How many can there be?" Every name-sayer under the sun said, "How could traditional orthodox Judaism flourish in a place like Montana?" We've proven if you build it they will come," said Rabbi Bruk.

The rabbi has sought out Jews from all over Montana to celebrate the new year, a state that has a relatively small Jewish population.

"All Jews need is a little kick in the butt, a little inspiration, a little guidance, a little upliftment, and they will join," Rabbi Bruk said. "We see that day in and day out."

The rabbi has plans to continue his outreach for Judaism in Montana.

He is currently raising funds to build the state's first Jewish Community Center.

This time of the year is known as the "High Holidays" in the Jewish religion.

Next weekend, Jews will celebrate Yom Kippur known as the "Day of Repentance".

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