After the fish is placed on the table, the common prayer asking that the family be more like leaders than followers is made. This glossary of Rosh Hashanah terms is meant to help people understand more about the holiday.
The average American engagement lasts sixteen months. Most of that time is spent planning the wedding. Couples spend between seven and twelve months getting ready for their big day. But choosing the date isn’t always easy. There are 365 calendar days (or more) to choose from. Where to start?
90% of Muslims are Sunnis and 10% are Shiites. Regardless of the numbers, this does leave room for discrimination. Islamic peoples are deeply rooted with their religion, for example: suicide bombers dying for their faith because they believe it will take them to Paradise. Sunnis view Shiites as heretics and in Saudi Arabia; Shiites are powerless and retain absolutely no rights. This creates a problem. Other Arab countries with Sunni majorities have followed suit.
September 17th is Citizenship Day. Also known as Constitution Day, September 17th recognizes the ratification of the United States Constitution and those who have become U.S. citizens. Throw a party to celebrate national heritage, or have a dinner party in honor of friends who have recently become citizens.
You tell me Merry Christmas is a general term and not a religious term. It’s a way to celebrate the time of the year. Is it really? Do you say your children are on holiday break, December break or Christmas break? Do you wonder why in many schools our Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur classes are not cancelled and that would be akin to classes on Christmas Day?
So, is the Book of Life figurative or literal? Is it a poetic or a concrete use of words? I believe it is both. If God plays a hand in our destiny, then it might be that our fate is sealed already. However, we are told that “t’shuvah, tefillah and tzedakah” (repentance, prayer and charity) can change God’s decree. If this is so, we can create – or co create – our fate for the year. We can change God’s mind, if it were. We help God write our page in the Book of Life for the coming year – or for our whole life.
Not the rest of the year. Attend Shabbat services or any minor holiday free of charge. That’s fine. But on those large important holidays – the two that make up what we know as the High Holy Days or High Holidays – you can only come in the doors of the sanctuary with a ticket.
Follow the guide given above to ensure that you purchase an authentic and a good quality shofar. A shofar is something which you wouldn’t buy often during your life time and hence you should invest proper time in making the decision. Do some research on the internet and learn more about shofars before you invest in one.