The disciples understood their heritage that judgments fell at Passover. In Biblical and Torah texts, the Promised Land was noted to be a place overflowing with milk and honey. If you want to go to church every Sunday, go for it.
The New Year is a time to reflect upon the past, while looking forward to the future. It has been so since the early Romans, who dedicated the first day of the New Year to theirGod, Janus, keeper of the gate and the door.
On the second night of Rosh Hashanah, its customary to eat a fruit which has recently come into season. With Rosh Hashanah coming around fall, there are so many to chose from. Upon eating the new fruit, a blessing is offering thanking God for bringing the Jewish people to this new season.
Stop worrying about looking good. Maybe you’ve just broken up with someone who your parents liked. You feel loser-like, vulnerable and lonely coming to the family dinner. You worry about how you are dressed, the extra pounds you’ve put on and various other assorted silly ideas. Realize that the way they see you doesn’t really matter. Underneath whatever they say, they probably love you to pieces. So forget about looking good. Your real job is to have fun and enjoy yourself.
The Toldot Yaakov Yosef lived in the mid 1700’s. He was one of the foremost disciples of the Ba’al Shem Tov, the founder of the Chassidic movement. His version of this tradition is as follows.
The U.S. should have nothing to do with the Iraq War. Our government knows nothing about the internal functioning of their culture and Islam as a way of life and being is unfathomable to Christian Americans. No matter who you put into power as president in Iraq today, it will always be contested because the leader will always be biased towards their sect (Sunni or Shiite) and one or the other will always end up being discriminated.
The shofar is unique in that it is a musical instrument typically created from the horn of a kosher male animal. According to Rabbi Moshe Gallante II’s Elef Hamagen, the horn preferences delineate with the curved ram horn, curved other sheep horn, curved other animal horn and straight ram’s horn being the order of most preferred to least. If non-kosher animal horns are used, there must be a special bracha or blessing. Still cow horns or antlered animal horns are not preferred.
Just before the days of Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur, clean these blowing horns must be cleaned with warm water. This is done to remove any bad smell that might still surround the horn. Special care has to be taken after blowing the horn. This is because, while blowing the horn, the saliva from your mouth will get accumulated in the inner portion of the horn. The bacteria in your saliva will interact with the animal tissue and may give out an unpleasant odor. To prevent it, apply bio degradable odor neutralizer spray on the horn. The spray will remove the odor. Also make sure to wipe the horn thoroughly after each single use. If possible, place the horn in specially made stands or inside velvet wraps. These will ensure that your shofar will stay just fine and ready for the next ritual.