Celebrating the world's 5,774th birthday

By Jillian Marshall

September 4, 2013 Updated Sep 4, 2013 at 11:46 PM EDT

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Wednesday night marks the 5,74th birthday of the world according to the Jewish faith. Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, is celebrated with prayer and food.

Rosh Hashanah began at approximately 8 p.m Wednesday night.

The Jewish community uses the two-day celebration as a time of reflection and prayer.

On Wednesday, a 30-minute service was followed by a four-course Rosh Hashanah meal, where honey was served with apples and bread to signify the hopes of a sweet year ahead.

Rabbi Aaron Slonim, executive director of Chabad at Binghamton, says it's a celebration for all in the Jewish community, including students who are away from home.

"If we wouldn't have been here, they probably would not have the opportunity to celebrate with us or with anybody on Rosh Hashanah," Slonim said.

Judaism says these are the days where God writes the future of the next year, so the faithful pray for themselves, family, their community and world issues.

"What's taking place in Syria, the Middle East in general, Egypt and other countries," Slonim said, "We also think about the global effect."

The Jewish community prays until Yom Kippur, which is Saturday, Sept. 14. They see this as the holiest day of the year, a day of fasting and forgiveness.