First of all, you have to dip your shofar in a dilute bleaching solution for about a week. One obvious advantage of planning a wedding out of season is the price. Cut in the 1/3 cup of butter till the mixture looks a bit like bread crumbs.
“In this manner you shall eat it: your loins girded, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and you shall eat it in haste. It is the LORD’s passover. For I will pass through the land of Egypt that night, and I will smite all the first-born in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and on all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments: I am the LORD. The blood shall be a sign for you, upon the houses where you are; and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague shall fall upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.
If we use this time wisely, by reflecting on our past actions, regretting our mistakes and sincerely vow never to repeat them, we will be forgiven and sealed in the Book of Life. This is the accepted tradition.
So I’ve been labeled a bad Jew by some of the fellow members of the tribe. and that’s okay because I’ve dated outside my religion since high school. Personally, I am a spiritual person who believes in the laws of the universe, is definitely into energy and karma, and who believes in some sort of higher power.
So our first reading tonight recalls God’s commands to Moses before the Israelites observed their first Passover, the one done literally on the verge of flight from their slavery in Egypt. “The first month of the year” does not refer to the start of the Jewish calendar year; as is well known, Rosh Hashanah occurs in the fall. But Passover, in the middle of Nisan, begins the Jewish liturgical year. Their seder is a “re-presentation” of all that happened to them; they are to regard themselves as being themselves in Egypt, about to be liberated from physical slavery, ready to flee as soon as they receive the word.
The weekend of September 27th could bring creative intelligence from unexpected places. Mercury, well established in his retrograde direction, will be channeling Neptune. There is a very strong possibility of messages from past over loved ones this weekend. Any religious gatherings could become strong spiritual connections all the way through Rosh Hashanah, the last day of the month.
So, how much have we been positively impacted by the High Holidays this year? As a community in Cincinnati, have our lives been touched at all or changed?
Another trick of the trade is to cover the finished horn with lacquer to give the horn that beautiful shine, make it stronger, and hide those small defects. But the lacquer finish changes the sound of the shofar, again rendering it non-kosher.