I hope all of you had a good Rosh Hashanah and are well on your way to making this year the best yet! That is until the internet came along and brought the stores right to your living room. The U.S. should have nothing to do with the Iraq War.
Rosh Hashanah, sometimes referred to as the Jewish New Year, is a time for celebration! According to the Talmudic teachings, Rosh Hashanah marked the anniversary of G-d’s reaction of the world and was a time to seek repentance. As the traditions of this High Holy Day develop so did the various food customs associated with the holiday. Whether you want something sweet, fresh and filling, the traditional foods for Rosh Hashanah have something for you.
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!
In the alternative of eating the fish head, pike, carp, tilapia, whitefish, and salmon are commonly served. In some homes, whitefish, tilapia and cod are made into gefilte fish and served with broth or tomato sauce.
While most craft and discount stores won’t have a ram’s horn handy, there are many other ways to make your crafty wind instrument. For younger children, opt for the paper tube method, a coned birthday party hat. For older children, you may want to try the paper mache method. For the small children, simply shape your tube into a cone or just remove rubber and frills from the birthday hat. Once you have a cone shape, decorate! For more advanced children, take a wavy balloon and cover with paper mache. Once the paper mache dries, pop the balloon with a pin and remove it from the center of the paper mache. Add a cone shaped mouth piece and your child will have a very cleverly fashioned shofar to show and share.
We start out the holiday by saying prayers. While I know certain Hebrew phrases, I am by no means an expert at saying prayers and I have a limited amount of ability in speaking in Hebrew. Still, I listen to my mother read the prayers from her Siddur (prayer book) in Hebrew every year and I follow along in English. You see, my mother went to Hebrew school for many years as a child and learned how to read the Hebrew alphabet.
The size of the Shiite majority is so close to the Sunni minority that power is tossed back and forth. One must understand that they are deeply religious people and amongst themselves, Sunnis believes Shiites are not even Islam at all. That is a slap in the face to Shiites who can trace their lineage back to Muhammad.
A Christian on Christmas or Easter never lacks for a seat in a church. And they don’t need to pay dues to attend services ever. They can put a penny (or nothing) in the basket when it’s passed around, and they will still be welcomed with open arms and allowed to pray in the sanctuary even on their holiest of days.
Mercury will turn direct next month, and October will have its ups and downs. There could also be some unexpected political actions towards the end of the month. Check back next month to find out more.