Rosh Ha-Shanah

In the Ancient Semitic peoples thought of the year as beginning in the autumn, at the time of the late harvest; cf the expressions be-zet ha-shanah ("at the end of the year"), and tekufat ha-shanah ("at the turn of the year") by which the Feast of Ingathering, or Sukkoth, which is in a sense the popular equivalent of the more priestly Day Of Remembrance, is dated in Exodus 23:16 and 34:22 respectively. The Gezer Calendar in fact begins with two months of gathering