Still in many parts of the world New Year’s Day falls on a day other then the first of January. Stop dating people because your parents expect you to marry another Jew, or another Catholic, or another whatever.
I decided to make challah for the Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashanah) and thought I would share the process. What I couldn’t believe was how easy it is to make this egg bread and that you shouldn’t be intimidated when considering making bread from scratch.
In this holiday season of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur the meaning of the various rituals is called to mind and some may question the length of the service and their significance. There was even a suggestion of doing away with the services entirely and simply celebrating as though it were an ordinary secular New Year. This story calls to mind that the central significance of these holidays are our connection to Hashem and that without that connection we may become lost along the way.
Meditation: The Words of Institution are recorded four times in the New Testament. Three of them occur in the “Synoptic Gospels”: Matthew, Mark and Luke. One might think the Church would use one of those renderings instead on the night that it remembers Christ’s founding of the sacrament it calls “the source and summit of our faith.” Why, then, does it use Paul’s account here?
Now before the feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. And during supper, when the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him, Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God, rose from supper, laid aside his garments, and girded himself with a towel. Then he poured water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which he was girded.
While I do believe that God has a hand in our destiny, I also believe that we were given free choice about how – and possibly when – we create that destiny. In other words, I believe that the choices we make get us to that destiny. I also believe we are cocreators of our lives, the combination of our thoughts, feelings and actions manifesting the things we experience day to day. That said, we are all cocreating, and sometimes – maybe more often than we would like – our manifestations collide creating a fair amount of chaos. In any case, we constantly experience a combination of destiny or fate and conscious or subconscious creation and cocreation.
I then kneaded the dough by hand on a marble pastry board for about 15 minutes using plenty of flour to prevent sticking and to make the dough very elastic.
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.