For young children, making a shofar can be fun and easy. Things may become very creative around mid month as Venus, Mercury, and Mars share a trine with Neptune. The 1934 Detroit Tigers boasted the greatest infield ever assembled.
The start of Passover is just a few weeks away. If you are planning on observing this holiday, but don’t feel like cooking, you may want to consider stopping by Glenview House in suburban Glenview. Chef Grant Slauterbeck has put together a tasting menu of traditional Seder foods that promises to please any palate.
A shofar is a type of music instrument which is made from the ram’s horn. The horn is hollowed out and it is blown as a part of the ritual during certain holy days like Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah at certain services. Shofar is an item which is not owned by all Jews. In fact, it is considered to be a very special item which is handed down from generation to generation. If you are interested in purchasing your own shofar then you would have to be quite careful since shofars tend to be quite expensive.
Autumn wedding invitations can range in colors from a warm yellow to deep wine to earthy reds and browns. As the leaves are changing colors you can match those colors with your wedding invitations. Whether you choose a classical and elegant invention or a modern look, you can use these colors of the season for your September wedding.
Many Jews, especially families of Sephardic and Mizrahi origin have a special ceremony at home comprised of foods with symbolic meaning. For example, the pomegranate is eaten because it has 613 seeds. Since the Torah reports 613 mitzvot we must perform, we pray that we can perform as many good deeds as the pomegranate has seeds.
September is a good month to be Ms. Smarty Pants. September is both Classical Music Month and Read-A-New Book month, so start a book club and throw a party. Feature classical music as guests arrive and choose a new book for everyone to read. Then, gather again in October to discuss the book.
The Jewish Calendar has twelve months, with Tishrei being the seventh month in the year. Your child can make their calendar using a standard month/calendar template with 35 squares. Using a traditional and Jewish calendar as guide, your child can mark the days of each month. Using stickers, markers and colored pencils, your child could add special occasions such as High Holy Days, the phases of the moon, other holidays, and birthdays to their calendar. In creating this useful and colorful Jewish calendar, your child will better understand days of the week, changes in seasons, and the dates of coming holidays.
The bottom line is that I am not here to bash religion at all. Whatever you believe is fine with me. If you want to go to church every Sunday, go for it. If you want to go to Temple, more power to you. If you’re a Buddhist, good for you.
Be sure to consider these sensitive dates when picking out your wedding date so that every one of your guests can enjoy the special day to the fullest.