After the destruction of the Temple, the use of the shofar began to be exclusively used for religious ceremonies and events. For younger children, opt for the paper tube method, a coned birthday party hat.
Not only is September time to go back to school but it can be a great time to get married. The too-hot days of summer have passed and you’re left with warm afternoons and cool evenings, perfect for your wedding reception. Fall colors lean more to the rich earthy tones and your menu can be a hearty fall feast.
For those “poor” Jewish souls, however, who don’t have or can’t afford a member ship to a synagogue, when Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur – the most important holidays of the year (with the exception of Shabbat) – come around each year, the Jewish community leaves them out in the cold with nowhere to pray. And each year, I am amazed, appalled and angered by this fact.
The size of the Shiite majority is so close to the Sunni minority that power is tossed back and forth. One must understand that they are deeply religious people and amongst themselves, Sunnis believes Shiites are not even Islam at all. That is a slap in the face to Shiites who can trace their lineage back to Muhammad.
While there are few limits to what you can eat, some people also eat leeks, dates, beets, black eyed beans, spinach, the head of a sheep, squash, and gourds. These foods are eaten for some of the same reasons pomegranates, honey, and fish are consumed. These select foods are symbolic of G-d’s protection of his people and a Jews desire to lead endeavors and be blessed by G-d.
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.
Meditation: After the priest opens Mass this evening “in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” he will not say “the Mass is ended” until Saturday evening. Tonight begins the most important liturgy of the year, the Paschal Triduum, which in truth lasts for three days: Holy Thursday, Good Friday and finally the Easter Vigil on the evening of Holy Saturday. We depart in silence tonight, return and leave in sorrowful silence tomorrow and gather in silence once more – though with great expectation – as the sun departs on Saturday. The Passover of our Lord is here.
Shofar- This is a ram’s horn and it was used in ancient times to get everyone together. Someone blows into the Shofar when it is Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur. It reminds people that it is the New Year. Also, it is a divine summons to repentance and improvement.