At present, summer is the most popular time for weddings in America. Blowing of the shofars is also widely prevalent in many customs held at synagogues. The priest “re-presents” that very same single sacrifice every time we celebrate Mass.
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.
We start out the holiday by saying prayers. While I know certain Hebrew phrases, I am by no means an expert at saying prayers and I have a limited amount of ability in speaking in Hebrew. Still, I listen to my mother read the prayers from her Siddur (prayer book) in Hebrew every year and I follow along in English. You see, my mother went to Hebrew school for many years as a child and learned how to read the Hebrew alphabet.
Gehringer would have better seasons and win a MVP award of his own. His double play partner, Billy Rogell never won a MVP and enjoyed his finest season in 1934. The leadoff hitter batted .296 with a .392 OBP setting the table for the thunder behind him. He scored 114 runs, rapped 175 hits, had 32 doubles, and knocked in 100 with only three home runs. He was also tough as nails and played the World Series on a broken ankle.
Rosh Hashanah is the first day of the Hebrew year. It is called Rosh Hashanah since “rosh” means head and “shanah” is year – the “ha” part makes the whole “head (or beginning of) the year” So, when you meet them, it is nice to wish your Jewish friends a happy new year. “Happy New Year” or the Hebrew equivalent “Shana Tova” are appropriate greetings.
Fish is frequently eaten. You may be surprised to see a fish head on a platter on the table. Fish are so numerous, that they are often used as a symbol of fertility and prosperity.
You can find a Kosher gift basket here for any holiday and some for just when you want to send a surprise and it is perfectly fine to send one to yourself. There are hundreds to choose from like Diabetic Delicacies for $49.95 or Healthy Cherries Berries & Nuts for $89.95.
Rabbi Dan Moskovitz and Jason Mesches wrote the lyrics for “Call Your Zeyde”. Temple Judea clergy and staff make you smile as you watch their antics on this inspiring parody of “Call Me Maybe”. You can find it on YouTube. After watching the video, call your zeyde (grandfather) or any other relative you miss, and wish them a sweet year.