For young children, making a shofar can be fun and easy. The U.S. should have nothing to do with the Iraq War. Verbal arguments could turn physical very easily during this time, so avoid arguments at all costs.
Maybe you are a member of a synagogue or havurah and you don’t need to worry about this. You have a ticket in your hot little hand because you paid your dues this year.
So you meet your Jewish friends walking along the street this week. What are acceptable ways for non-Jewish people to respectfully convey warm wishes to them for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (the Jewish New Year and Day of Atonement, reseptively)?
Christians are a bit less strict, but there are still a few days that are all but verboten. Practicing Christians do not marry during the Holy Week, which is from Palm Sunday through Easter Sunday. In fact, any Sunday is a gamble. Some churches find Sunday ceremonies auspicious and joyful, while others eschew ceremonies on the day of rest. It really does depend upon your denomination and that of most of your guests. Whenever possible, it is best to err on the side of caution. If your soon-to-be-in-laws are devoutly religious, stay away from days they might perceive as sacred.
I asked what many of the celebrations were like and he said that his family has celebrated ever since he was a young boy. Rosh Hashanah wasn’t for a couple of more days but he wanted to get in the spirit early and his family has a week-long cherishing of the event that includes eating apples and honey with bread.
Couples who have a certain date in mind don’t have to bother with seasons or discounts. Tens of thousands of couples get married on Valentine’s Day, Christmas or on a date that is personally important to them. It could be the day they first met, their first date or even their parents’ wedding day. But for everyone else, the process requires some cerebration.
The terms shofar and shofars have been mentioned many a times in the Bible, in the Talmud and in the Torah. It is believed that during the Exodus, Moses blew the shofar from atop the Mount Sinai to gather all the Israelites. Since then the shofars have made their entry in the Jewish customs and traditions.
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