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Peace, prosperity and a Mild Winter on Wish List for Rosh Hashanah

By Mathew Katz | September 30, 2011 6:46am

WEST VILLAGE — Manhattan Jews attending Rosh Hashanah services on Thursday hoped for peace, prosperity − and even decent weather for the new year.

"I'm hoping for a very peaceful year for my friends and family," said Yana Moser, who was walking out of the Rosh Hashanah service provided by Ohel Ayalah at the First Presbyterian Church at 12 W. 12th St.

Rosh Hashana, one of the holiest days of the year for Jews, marks the start of the year 5772 on the Jewish calendar.

Some people had some more specific wishes for the upcoming year.

"I am looking for more focus on fewer things, on the things I want to accomplish, instead of being pulled in many different directions," said Shera Kaufman.

Jessie Sells, also at the Ohel Ayalah service, wanted "not a crazy-awful winter like we had last year in New York."

"That would be great," he said.