Rosh Hashanah is the first day of the Hebrew year. Janus is always shown holding a key in his right hand, enabling him to unlock the New Year, and to lock close the old. Mercury will conjunct Mars as he turns around, and that means accidents!
The average American engagement lasts sixteen months. Most of that time is spent planning the wedding. Couples spend between seven and twelve months getting ready for their big day. But choosing the date isn’t always easy. There are 365 calendar days (or more) to choose from. Where to start?
There is, however, a radically different interpretation of this story. The source is Rabbi Yaakov Yosef of Polnoye, commonly referred to by the name of his best known book, the Toldot Yaakov Yosef.
A Christian on Christmas or Easter never lacks for a seat in a church. And they don’t need to pay dues to attend services ever. They can put a penny (or nothing) in the basket when it’s passed around, and they will still be welcomed with open arms and allowed to pray in the sanctuary even on their holiest of days.
In the Biblical era, the shofars were used to mark the New Year’s Day and the days of fasting. On the New Year Day, a shofar with a golden mouthpiece was played in the Temple of Jerusalem while on days of fasting; a shofar with a silver mouthpiece was played. In modern times, these horns are blown to mark the Rosh Hashanah and to mark the end of the fasting period on the day of Yom Kippur.
It is common, therefore, to find Rosh Hashana cards with a picture of the Lord, sitting in judgment upon His throne, with two books open before Him. These are the Book of Life and the Book of Death. Those who have been totally righteous are immediately inscribed in the Book of Life. The evil and wicked, on the other hand, are immediately written down in the Book of Death.
While Greenberg missed one game, on Yom Kippur, the rest of the infield played in all 154. Second baseman Charlie Gehringer enjoyed his best season to date. He led the league in runs (134) and hits (214) while finishing second in batting (.356), doubles (50) and on base percentage (.450). He also knocked in 127 runs. The second baseman walked 99 times and only struck out on 25 occasions. Gehringer finished second in the MVP voting to his manager, Mickey Cochrane.
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.
According to prayer, Jews are not supposed to do any service work during the two days of Rosh Hashanah. While I would love to be able to do this, it is not always possible. Sometimes we just have to fulfill life’s demands. It does not look like I will be able to take off from work this year. However, I will definitely try to take off in the future.