But Passover, in the middle of Nisan, begins the Jewish liturgical year. The sense of pride and superiority that the chief priests and Pharisees had adopted by Jesus’ time? “Watch” is translated from the Greek word, gregoreo, meaning be awake.
I decided to make challah for the Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashanah) and thought I would share the process. What I couldn’t believe was how easy it is to make this egg bread and that you shouldn’t be intimidated when considering making bread from scratch.
The shofar has a unique shape that is the result of the natural horn being flatten and heated. Once hollowed, the horn may resemble a streamlined cornucopia or a series of waves. Depending on Jewish school of tradition, Askkenazic or Sephardic, the shofar may or may not have a carved mouthpiece.
I asked what many of the celebrations were like and he said that his family has celebrated ever since he was a young boy. Rosh Hashanah wasn’t for a couple of more days but he wanted to get in the spirit early and his family has a week-long cherishing of the event that includes eating apples and honey with bread.
Always buy shofar from a very reputable dealer. If you do not know one, ask your rabbi or anyone who owns a shofar for recommendations. The quality of shofar would vary depending on several factors and the best thing to do would be to buy one from a trusted dealer.
For those “poor” Jewish souls, however, who don’t have or can’t afford a member ship to a synagogue, when Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur – the most important holidays of the year (with the exception of Shabbat) – come around each year, the Jewish community leaves them out in the cold with nowhere to pray. And each year, I am amazed, appalled and angered by this fact.
The shofar also serves as a symbol of the Jewish people and their covenant with G-d. The call of the shofar represents breath and life. The bend of the horn represents man’s sin. The use of ram’s horn recalls Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his own son as part of his obedience to G-d and G-d’s ultimate offering of the ram as an alternative sacrifice.
Lee Avenue in Williamsburg is not just for the immediate neighborhood; Jews from all over Brooklyn come to Lee Avenue to find all the Kosher delights and other items for meals and services. Lee Avenue has actually expanded as the “growing Hasidic community in South Williamsburg” has all but demanded the growth.
Please do not send me a card with Jesus in a manger. If you are going to send me a card please write or buy one that says Seasons Greetings. I am speaking for many who won’t or can’t speak. I am speaking for generations who came before me and who paid a huge price to be heard. I believe they would feel as I do.