The shofar is unique in that it is a musical instrument typically created from the horn of a kosher male animal. The pagan priest would cut off branches of mistletoe on this day and carefully allow them to fall onto a sacred blanket.
Rosh Hashanah is known as the Jewish New Year. As a matter of fact, we are in our 5770th year. It arrives at sundown on September 18th. Rosh Hashanah is a time for people of the Jewish people to repent for their sins and try to find ways to better their lives. So how exactly do we celebrate this wonderful holiday? This article gives tips on how to celebrate the coming of the Jewish New Year.
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?
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.
“Watch” is translated from the Greek word, gregoreo, meaning be awake. We can’t be awake every night, but there is only one night in the year that believers were commanded to watch. It was Passover, Exodus 12:10,42. Christ understood this and asked His disciples to watch (Matt 26:38-41) but we think it was only because He knew what was coming that night.
Marv Owen did not drive in 100 runs like his counterparts, but proved just as tough as Rogell. Despite batting .069 in the World Series, he fought the intimidating Joe Medwick in Game 7. Medwick slid hard into Owen at third precipitating the brawl. Both players remained in the game until Commissioner Landis removed Medwick to protect him from Tiger fans. For the season, Owen hit .317 with eight home runs and 96 RBI.
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!
Yes, I believe in world peace, but when religion runs your world and you plan your life around it, it is extremely difficult to come to terms about anything when you live in a country where half of the population calls you a blasphemous criminal.