One of the points I like to emphasize in Budget Bash is to make it simple and not stress out about preparing for a party. Jesus, the innocent, unblemished Lamb of God, our Passover, is sacrificed for us to take away the sin of the world.
Rosh Hashanah is the start of the High Holy Days. It is the start of repentance. The Jewish people use the High Holy Days as a time to ask God for forgiveness and to try to make their lives better. According to the Jewish tradition, God decides who is going to live or die in the coming year. To sum it all up, Jews use this as a time to make peace with everyone they come in contact with. As Jews, we believe that God is willing to forgive people for their sins if they strive to make things better for themselves and others around them.
What my friend told me made me say to myself that I don’t have to be Jewish to celebrate the cleansing of my soul. I went home that night and asked my parents about what they felt and thought of me. I told them the same. What we found out about each other changed our views in my family so dramatically that we took our own long walk down to the river and cast aside bread. With each throw of our bread we told each other what we were sad about and what we asked forgiveness for.
So now everyone can enjoy the sweet taste of honey cake on Rosh Hashanah and all year round. Here’s the recipe. We use whole whet flour and no one is the wiser.
But Christ’s use of “watch” in connection with His signs for “the end of the world” (Matthew 24:3) and Paul’s use of watch and support for the following theme. Evangelical Christians who do not watch because watching is not taught in their church may be unprepared for what is coming. In short, Israel was protected at Passover by blood on the doorpost and by watching, Exodus 12:10,43. Christ died as the lamb so that we do not need to sacrifice animals, but the command to watch on the eve of Passover was maintained.
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.
I have gone through many metamorphoses from the most extreme “I don’t celebrate Christmas” or “Happy Hanukkah to you” to the middle of the road “Thank you and happy holidays to you” to ignoring the slight. That’s how I see it – a slight. A total ignorance that not everyone celebrates the same holidays and that it is rude to put up a Christmas tree on public land without symbols for other religions.
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.
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.