The call of the shofar represents breath and life. So, if you run into friends who greet you with “Shana Tova,” smile and greet them the same way, right back. Yom Kippur (September 28, this year) is when Jewish people celebrate the Day of Atonement.
Your Jewish neighbour has invited you to celebrate Rosh Hashanah – The Jewish New Year. Rosh Hashanah (literally “head of the year”), is the Jewish New Year. If you have been invited to a meal to celebrate the New Year, here are some facts you should know and some ideas for gifts to give.
Considered both a day of judgment and the day of the creation of man, Rosh Hashanah is marked by a day of rest and by the sounding of the shofar (four times.) This unique instrument serves as a symbol of the Jewish people and their covenant with G-d. For young children, making a shofar can be fun and easy.
In nations where Sunnis are the majority, they can virtually have their way with the Shiites. But strangely enough, in Iran and Iraq the tables are turned. Iran is 90% Shiite and 10% Sunni while Iraq is 60% Shiite and 40% Sunni. Numbers like these are the ones that create problems. The Sunnis in Iran are at a disadvantage and oppressed while their neighbors are allowed freedom in majority Sunni countries.
Here is where I do have an issue religion-wise: when someone eliminates as a partner an incredible person just because their parents want them to marry within their religion. Do you know how many adults I run into whose parents torture them over having to marry within their religion?
No matter the amount or work and planning they put into, a wedding is not just about two people. It is about religion, tradition and the joining of two families. Couples should be sensitive to tradition when they plan their nuptials.
The Israelites had become utterly faithful about keeping Passover by the time Jesus and His disciples gathered in the Upper Room. Before the Babylonian exile, this was not always the case. Their inconsistency in keeping Passover was part of a long, sad story of unfaithfulness to the Old Covenant. Their story is a microcosm of our story. But we come again to the table tonight to celebrate our liberation from slavery, for the re-presentation of the greatest Passover of all. Jesus, the innocent, unblemished Lamb of God, our Passover, is sacrificed for us to take away the sin of the world.
We may hit a few rough days from Tuesday, September 23rd, through the 25th with Mercury changing directions. Yes, its time for another Mercury retrograde, and usually the most difficult days of his retrograde times are when he is changing directions. Mercury will conjunct Mars as he turns around, and that means accidents! Especially automobile accidents. Drive carefully. Verbal arguments could turn physical very easily during this time, so avoid arguments at all costs. I have an article called, “Mercury Retrograde in Libra – Where is the truth?” if you would like to read more.
In England, King Henry VIII, gave each guest a pomander, tied with a sprig or rosemary.for remembrance, as a sign of esteem and a token of good luck. Later in England husbands gave their wives pin money to buy pins, but the custom disappeared in the 1800’s as pins began to be produced by machine. From this custom comes the phrase pin money.