During these Days of Awe, Jews are supposed to ask forgiveness of those whom they hurt during the year. When you’re facing a battleaxe relative, win by refusing to fight. On this day, Jewish people observe the first of the High Holy Days.
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.
September 17th is Citizenship Day. Also known as Constitution Day, September 17th recognizes the ratification of the United States Constitution and those who have become U.S. citizens. Throw a party to celebrate national heritage, or have a dinner party in honor of friends who have recently become citizens.
Stop dating people because your parents expect you to marry another Jew, or another Catholic, or another whatever. Most people I know are not religious at all, yet a lot of these same non-religious people still feel the need to date within their own religion due to their parents and their upbringing.
We’ve spent a few weeks preparing for Rosh Hashanah, Judging our Dreams, Mastering the Exit, excited for our Grand Entrance. We have carefully examined our lives and promised to improve. We are planning for the coming year, but, as this week’s portion, “Nitzavim,” “Standers,” reminds us, in one week we too will have our big moment; we will stand before the King. We will have an opportunity to argue our case, to plead, promise, praise, and repent. We have climbed our way out of the past, prepared for our entrance into the New Year, but there is one moment that defines our future: The moment we stand before God. How will we stand?
Glasses: Any fine dinner starts with glassware. Serving drinks in normal glass tumblers or cups just isn’t appropriate for a fine dining occasion. Choose short or long stem crystal glasses for a real touch of elegance. Consider using beverage specific glasses if alcohol is to be served.
Set up a positive bond when a new boy/girlfriend comes to a holiday dinner with your family. Beforehand, tell both the family and your friend all the “good news” about each other. Introduce discussion topics both have interest in. If you are the newbie in the family, bring an incredibly thoughtful gift for the occasion, ask questions and listen a lot. Appreciate any and all good things about the meal, the house and the family members and remember to tell them what you enjoyed!
I admire decorated houses as much as anyone just as I would walk into a house with beautiful menorahs and admire those. I balk at the gaudy displays just like you who do celebrate Christmas think that particular display tacky and just as I would walk into a Jewish home and find extreme beliefs – well extreme.
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?