In a year filled with pandemic and election madness, the Jewish New Year allows for a time to reflect and renew

Rabbi Moshe Wilansky, of Chabad of Maine, blows the shofar before the start of a Rosh Hashanah service.

(CNN)Can this year just stop already? It's a thought ricocheting around the world as we cope with Covid-19, quarantine, wildfires and hurricanes.

Now it can.
Rosh Hashanah, which marks the Jewish New Year, begins Friday, September 18. Even if you're not Jewish, it's a way to immerse yourself in parts of these rituals of renewal. Maybe God knows we all need a little renewal now.
    "I'm thrilled that it's time for Rosh Hashanah," said Stacy