I do not celebrate Christmas; I celebrate Hanukkah. So you meet your Jewish friends walking along the street this week. The sense of pride and superiority that the chief priests and Pharisees had adopted by Jesus’ time?
I usually don’t celebrate Jewish holidays since most of my friends practice other religions. When I was in high school growing up on the east coast one of my friends in Boy Scouts had brought apples and honey to school with him for lunch. I asked why he suddenly changed his diet and he said it was because he and his family were celebrating the Jewish New Year Rosh Hashanah.
While Rosh Hashanah is a holiday with diverse and symbolic food customs, there are some foods that are not recommended for the High Holy Day. Traditionally, nuts are not eaten on this Day. Also, foods that increase phlegm, such as fatty foods and milk products, are not suggested.
The Toldot Yaakov Yosef lived in the mid 1700’s. He was one of the foremost disciples of the Ba’al Shem Tov, the founder of the Chassidic movement. His version of this tradition is as follows.
I have gone through many metamorphoses from the most extreme “I don’t celebrate Christmas” or “Happy Hanukkah to you” to the middle of the road “Thank you and happy holidays to you” to ignoring the slight. That’s how I see it – a slight. A total ignorance that not everyone celebrates the same holidays and that it is rude to put up a Christmas tree on public land without symbols for other religions.
September has a couple of holidays you should look out for. Labor Day is the first Monday in September. This might be a great time to have your wedding and take advantage of the extra day off. If you plan to have our wedding around Labor Day, just make sure to note that with your wedding invitation as some might not realize the date of the holiday.
After the cleansing process is over, the shofars must be taken out from the solution. It must be known that these may continue to give out the smell of bleach for almost a month. To reduce the smell of bleach as much as possible, the shofars must be rinsed thoroughly in clear water and wiped dry.
According to prayer, Jews are not supposed to do any service work during the two days of Rosh Hashanah. While I would love to be able to do this, it is not always possible. Sometimes we just have to fulfill life’s demands. It does not look like I will be able to take off from work this year. However, I will definitely try to take off in the future.