This part of the book talks about the birth of Isaac to Abraham and Sarah. It is how we live in the days after the Day of Atonement that gives significance to all the observances. For others, the fish is seen as a symbol of prosperity and fertility.
The first day of Tishrei marks Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. On this day, Jewish people observe the first of the High Holy Days. Rosh Hashanah is also a time that Jews celebrate G-d’s creation of the world and embark on personal paths of repentance. The holiday is deeply meaningful and a perfect time for parents to teach their children about Jewish customs. One of the best ways to celebrate and learn about Rosh Hashanah is through crafts inspired by the holiday.
This glossary of Rosh Hashanah terms is meant to help people understand more about the holiday. These words come directly from the Siddur (see below for definition) that my mother uses to say the prayers during the holidays. Once a person knows the meaning behind these words, they will have the general understanding of one of the most important holidays in the Jewish religion. I hope everyone has a happy and healthy year to come!
So I’m here to ask you to think before you mindlessly wish me a Merry Christmas. I do not celebrate Christmas; I celebrate Hanukkah. I may celebrate something else or I may be an atheist. Let’s embrace all our difference with a generic Happy Holidays and not allow our bosses to fire us if we refuse to say Merry Christmas to customers.
While I do believe that God has a hand in our destiny, I also believe that we were given free choice about how – and possibly when – we create that destiny. In other words, I believe that the choices we make get us to that destiny. I also believe we are cocreators of our lives, the combination of our thoughts, feelings and actions manifesting the things we experience day to day. That said, we are all cocreating, and sometimes – maybe more often than we would like – our manifestations collide creating a fair amount of chaos. In any case, we constantly experience a combination of destiny or fate and conscious or subconscious creation and cocreation.
While there are few limits to what you can eat, some people also eat leeks, dates, beets, black eyed beans, spinach, the head of a sheep, squash, and gourds. These foods are eaten for some of the same reasons pomegranates, honey, and fish are consumed. These select foods are symbolic of G-d’s protection of his people and a Jews desire to lead endeavors and be blessed by G-d.
He climbed his way up from the pit and made a grand entrance into the palace. He was escorted into the throne room and stood before the king. His exit from the pit was exciting. His entrance into the throne room, grand. This was his moment. How would Joseph take advantage of the ultimate opportunity? By remaining standing.
Sound the shofar! It is more than just a ram’s horn! The shofar is both an important symbol of Jewish culture and an instrument that heralds significant festivals, covenants and beliefs of the Jewish people.