As Rosh Hashanah, or the Jewish New Year, approached, the observant Jew struggled over whether to play. Hot plates and food servers are designed for this task and will keep food from going bad or cold.
The terms are thrown around on news reports and you hear them all the time now, thanks to the war in Iraq. Though they are both sects of Islam, integrally, they are almost two different religions. Why do they fight? The Sunnis and Shiites coexist in most Arabic countries. Night and day cannot exist at the same time.
Next, mix together the rolled oats, flour, cinnamon, brown sugar and salt. Cut in the 1/3 cup of butter till the mixture looks a bit like bread crumbs. Sprinkle this over the top of the apples. Heat oven to 375 degrees and bake for up to 50 minutes or until the top is brown.
Since they are made from animal matter, the shofars require quite a great deal of maintenance. First of all, you have to dip your shofar in a dilute bleaching solution for about a week. Before dipping it into the solution, stuff both the ends of the horn with cotton wool or with rags. The bleaching process is necessary because it will ensure the extraction of any animal matter. If any animal matter remains, then the shofars will give out an unpleasant odor. Time and again, you need to shake the bleaching solution to make sure that the solution works well.
On Rosh Hashanah, at the beginning of the year we begin the process of introspection – looking back over the year and beginning to conceptualize what we want in the New Year. By the time Yom Kippur draws to a close, we have clarified our desires in all areas of our life. We have written them in fine detail as if they had already happened – in the past tense. And, like the scribes of old who blotted the ink to “seal it,” we do the same and then close the book.
September has a couple of holidays you should look out for. Labor Day is the first Monday in September. This might be a great time to have your wedding and take advantage of the extra day off. If you plan to have our wedding around Labor Day, just make sure to note that with your wedding invitation as some might not realize the date of the holiday.
Serving an Exotic Fruit: One of the traditions of Rosh Hashana is to serve a new fruit, an exotic one that guests have not eaten in the past year. Given that it is September some people may have trouble coming up with a fresh option that guests won’t know. Whatever you choose to serve, consider what you serve it in. A silver tiered serving tray can make a great pre-dinner centerpiece. Especially when it bears many tiered levels of succulent fruits.
The High Holy Days would lose their meaning if the experience is not carried forward to the days ahead. It is how we live in the days after the Day of Atonement that gives significance to all the observances.
Rosh Hashanah is nearly here! With these and other craft ideas, you and your child can share the wonderful experience of the holiday and your child grow in their knowledge about the exciting traditions of the Jewish New Year.