The crafts are Jonah and the Whale Suncatcher, Jewish Calendar, and Paper Mache Shofar. A simple stand can be found for as little as $10, while a hand-painted wooden shofar stand can cost $35 or more.
Maybe you are a member of a synagogue or havurah and you don’t need to worry about this. You have a ticket in your hot little hand because you paid your dues this year.
“Watch” is translated from the Greek word, gregoreo, meaning be awake. We can’t be awake every night, but there is only one night in the year that believers were commanded to watch. It was Passover, Exodus 12:10,42. Christ understood this and asked His disciples to watch (Matt 26:38-41) but we think it was only because He knew what was coming that night.
That’s the choice many Jewish fashion writers, editors, bloggers, makeup artists and other fashion industry workers will have to make, as the first three days of New York Fashion Week overlap with Rosh Hashanah, according to a Tablet Magazine report Tuesday.
While most craft and discount stores won’t have a ram’s horn handy, there are many other ways to make your crafty wind instrument. For younger children, opt for the paper tube method, a coned birthday party hat. For older children, you may want to try the paper mache method. For the small children, simply shape your tube into a cone or just remove rubber and frills from the birthday hat. Once you have a cone shape, decorate! For more advanced children, take a wavy balloon and cover with paper mache. Once the paper mache dries, pop the balloon with a pin and remove it from the center of the paper mache. Add a cone shaped mouth piece and your child will have a very cleverly fashioned shofar to show and share.
As it had in ancient times, the shofar is significant to the celebration of Yom Kippur also called the Day of Atonement. Taking place on the 10th day of Tishrei, Yom Kippur is recognized as a day of fasting and rest. Since the blowing of the shofar is considered a call for repentance, on this Day, Jewish people around the world seek to atone for their sins. The special horn is sounded at the end of the fast.
When the Romans invaded England, they found the Druids celebrating New Year’s Day on March 10. The pagan priest would cut off branches of mistletoe on this day and carefully allow them to fall onto a sacred blanket. The branches would then be distributed among the Celtic people to be used as magical charms and for protection against evil spirits.
Many people around the world exchange gifts on New Year’s Day. This dates back to the early Romans who exchanges branches of palms and bay laurel as tokens of good luck. Shop keepers in ancient Persia (Iran), gave eggs to their customers symbolizing new life and new beginnings.
Rosh Hashanah is more than about food, but the symbolism of the High Holy Day. While called the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah is actually a day of remembrance and judgment. Jewish people around the world celebrate this day with great food and hope for the coming year.