What if allowing in that one person for free who wants to repent on Yom Kippur brought about the World to Come? The spring may be wetter than the summer, but since most couples rent tents, it shouldn’t be an issue.
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.
Note well the words “I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you.” Certainly Paul had been instructed on the proper wording by the Twelve after his conversion on the Damascus road. But Paul’s words also reflect his direct ordination as an apostle and bishop by Christ Himself. The four New Testament renderings of the Words of Institution differ slightly from each other, but not in any essentials. All four use the same Greek words to make crystal-clear that the consecrated bread and wine ARE Jesus’ body and blood. Just as the Old Covenant was ratified by the blood of animal sacrifices, so the New Covenant is ratified with Jesus’ once-for-all Sacrifice on Calvary. Christ does not “die again” on the altar. The priest “re-presents” that very same single sacrifice every time we celebrate Mass.
When you think of Rosh Hashanah you think of challah! These round loaves of braided egg bread are one of the most recognizable food symbols of the holiday. During this High Holy Day, challah loaves are shaped into rounds, spirals (ladders) or birds. These shapes are symbolic of the cycle of life, hope that prayers rise to heaven, and the continuity of creation. Depending on preference and family recipes, sweet fruits such as raisins or even honey are added to the loaves to make them extra sweet.
If you prefer to buy from Israel, you can find a number of online dealers. You can also find shofars at your local Judaica dealer, but prices are often marked up significantly.
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?
While Rosh Hashanah is a holiday with diverse and symbolic food customs, there are some foods that are not recommended for the High Holy Day. Traditionally, nuts are not eaten on this Day. Also, foods that increase phlegm, such as fatty foods and milk products, are not suggested.
We may not feel much like flirting or cuddling as we approach the end of the second week of September, but by Saturday, September 13th, our moods should begin to improve. People will be cooperative and polite, and it will be a great weekend for parties and social events. Some of us may get some very creative ideas, and group projects will go well all the way through the Fall Equinox, September 22nd. Its going to be a great week for creative projects, and friends, and family.
I hope you found this recipe for egg bread (challah) easy and fun to make for the Jewish New Year. I know I did. Happy Rosh Hashanah and until next time, remember the Budget Bash mantra: make it simple, delicious, stylish, fun & economical to all!