Blowing of the shofars is also widely prevalent in many customs held at synagogues. Honey Dishes: The tradition of dipping apples in honey is a seasonal tradition that makes the most of the year’s harvest.
This Friday is the Jewish New Tear for 2009. Since the Jewish calendar is a luna calendar (the Christian one is based on a solar year) the date for celebration changes each year.
If you’re in the market for a decorative shofar, expect to pay anywhere from $100 for a silver-plated ram’s horn, to $400 or more for a sterling silver-plated Yemenite shofar. Anointing shofars are typically $100. Note that decorative shofars are not kosher and should not be used on Rosh Hashanah.
For this High Holy Day, pomegranates are a favorite. This fruit has symbolic significance to the Jewish people, because the fruit contains 613 seed, which mirrors the 613 commandments (mitzvoth) that Jewish people seek to follow. Also, many see the pomegranate’s seeds as representing abundance and a reminder of the people’s obedience during the prior year.
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.
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.
Tzimmes is a favourite dish served In Ashkenazi (north European) households. Made from sweet carrots, cooked with sugar, raisins or prunes and usually served with the main course.
Before buying a shofar you should always test it for quality. Remember that if a shofar has a crack or is damaged in any manner, it would not provide you with good results. You can fill it up with water to see if it leaks. If it does, it is not of good quality.
Bring to a boil, 1/4 cup of honey, 1 tbsp. water and 1 tbsp. lemon juice. After cake has cooled for 10 minutes, poke holes around the cake and drizzle the sauce on the cake, making sure to get the sauce into the holes.