Honey is probably the main sweet food associated with the Jewish New Year. Marrying on holidays like Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur is definitely out of bounds if most of your guests are practicing Jews.
As Jews, we are told that on Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, “it is written” and on Yom Kippur, the Day of Repentence, “it is sealed.” What is “it”? Our fate for the next year. Where is it written and sealed? In the proverbial Book of Life.
It is common, therefore, to find Rosh Hashana cards with a picture of the Lord, sitting in judgment upon His throne, with two books open before Him. These are the Book of Life and the Book of Death. Those who have been totally righteous are immediately inscribed in the Book of Life. The evil and wicked, on the other hand, are immediately written down in the Book of Death.
Because of these ties to pagan beliefs, the Pilgrims of Colonial America refused to use the word January, referring to the month instead as” first month”.
Get your children involved. Too often, children aren’t involved in Jewish holiday preparation except Purim, which is a costume-clad holiday with similarities to Halloween. This year, have your children prepare parts of Rosh Hashanah. In the kitchen, they can cut the apples and pour the honey into little cups. Let them rip up a challah for honey-dipping. With supervision, they can braise the brisket.
September 19th is one of the Boston Party Planning Page’s favorite holidays. International Talk Like a Pirate Day began with two goofy guys who wanted an excuse to talk like pirates. Gather yer scurvey mates and throw a party with eye patches and rum!
For a shofar to be kosher it cannot have any cracks or holes. This makes production difficult since approximately 30% to 40% of shofarot are cracked during the production process.
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.
So don’t forget when Christmas comes around to wish me a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! I like Christmas. especially when I get to dress up in a Santa Claus outfit and beautiful women sit on my knee.