The Bible says, “The day of the LORD comes as a thief in the night. Rosh Hashanah is a special time, a time of change, time for new beginnings. Pepper some autumn flavors in your reception menu. So how exactly do we celebrate this wonderful holiday?
Use the therapist’s secret. When you’re facing a battleaxe relative, win by refusing to fight. Accept comments about your appearance, weight or singlehood that used to upset you with a nod and say “That’s the way you see it.” This really throws them and saves you from a lot of holiday stress.
The easiest way to choose a date is by using a simple process of elimination. Start with the season you want to be married in. At present, summer is the most popular time for weddings in America. Over a third of all ceremonies are scheduled during the summer months, about half of those in the month of June. Because of its equable weather and the many options it offers couples, June will probably always be the most popular month for nuptials.
You tell me Merry Christmas is a general term and not a religious term. It’s a way to celebrate the time of the year. Is it really? Do you say your children are on holiday break, December break or Christmas break? Do you wonder why in many schools our Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur classes are not cancelled and that would be akin to classes on Christmas Day?
Allow the dough to double and then take out and divide into three equal portions and braid. Or just make a loaf and create a circle to celebrate Rosh Hashanah.
Now I am about as Jewish as my dog. I’m a bad Jew. I can’t tell you what the Rosh in Rosh Hashanah is, or exactly what the Yom is in front of the Kapur. The closest I get to “Yom”ing is when I “ohmmm” in my yoga class.
Yom Kippur (September 28, this year) is when Jewish people celebrate the Day of Atonement. It is fitting to continue with the “Happy New Year” or “Shana Tova” greeting all the way through Yom Kippur as this whole period is considered the start of the new year. You could also wish your Jewish friends a “Good Signing” (in the Book of Life) or the Hebrew equivalent “Hatima Tova,” but it is more apprpriate to use that only for greeting the more orthodox of your Jewish friends. They are the ones most likely to use such a greeting. Given Yom Kippur is a fast day, you could also wish your Jewish friends an “Easy Fast” or the Hebrew equivalent “Tzom Kal.” Gifts are not given for Yom Kippur.
The first course will consist of chicken and matzah ball soup, which will be followed by your choice of lemon and olive roasted chicken or sweet brisket. The brisket will be served with red cabbage and potato kugel. The meal will end with a dessert of cherry and apple crumble.
At this time of year I think about the stories I’ve heard about poor Jews brining in strangers to share their meager Shabbat dinner, only to discover that their guest was Elijah. The rabbis and administrators at temples say High Holy Day tickets are necessary because there just aren’t enough seats for everyone. What if Elijah was turned away from attending Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur services for lack of a ticket? What if allowing in that one person for free who wants to repent on Yom Kippur brought about the World to Come?