The Shawwal is viewed as a propitious time to tie the knot. And they can do this on any day of the week free of charge. Every Jew makes use of various types of religious items on a daily basis in order to follow the exact commandments of God.
Rosh Hashanah is the start of the High Holy Days. It is the start of repentance. The Jewish people use the High Holy Days as a time to ask God for forgiveness and to try to make their lives better. According to the Jewish tradition, God decides who is going to live or die in the coming year. To sum it all up, Jews use this as a time to make peace with everyone they come in contact with. As Jews, we believe that God is willing to forgive people for their sins if they strive to make things better for themselves and others around them.
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.
So I’m here to ask you to think before you mindlessly wish me a Merry Christmas. I do not celebrate Christmas; I celebrate Hanukkah. I may celebrate something else or I may be an atheist. Let’s embrace all our difference with a generic Happy Holidays and not allow our bosses to fire us if we refuse to say Merry Christmas to customers.
Chef Slauterbeck has experience making traditional Jewish foods, and he created a special Rosh Hashanah menu in September that was received well by food lovers in the Chicago area.
The other day my Labrador Daphne told me she wanted to become a Buddhist dog, as she was already proficient in downward facing dog. So I respected her decision and allowed it, even though my dream was to have a litter of Labrador puppies with yamakas on their heads celebrating Hanukkah with us this December.
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.
Notably, many of these same adults do not themselves care about whether they marry someone of the same religion, but they won’t stand up and tell their parents that they are not going to pass the super-religious genes onto the next generation. To those people I say: It’s your life!
Rabbi Dan Moskovitz and Jason Mesches wrote the lyrics for “Call Your Zeyde”. Temple Judea clergy and staff make you smile as you watch their antics on this inspiring parody of “Call Me Maybe”. You can find it on YouTube. After watching the video, call your zeyde (grandfather) or any other relative you miss, and wish them a sweet year.