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A Holiday Devoted to Reflecting on our Past...

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Religion and spirituality



Just a brief summary regarding the Highest Holy Days in the Jewish Religion and how we celebrate them...


Submitted:Oct 5, 2012    Reads: 14    Comments: 0    Likes: 0   


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A Holiday Devoted to Reflecting on Our Past...

Time to re-evaluate our life with others.........

Many of us will be sitting down with Family and friends next week-end in celebration of the Holiday of Rosh Hashanah, which means " Head of the Year" in Hebrew. I would like to explain for those who are not of the Jewish religion just what this Holiday is about and why we celebrate it....

Rosh Hashanah is observed on the first two days of this year it will fall on September 16,2012 at sunset ..and end September 18, 2012 at nightfall. Jewish tradition teaches that during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, Jews examine their lives and repent for any wrong doing the previous year. Jews are to make amends with anyone they have wronged and make plans to do better in the coming year. Rosh Hashanah is all about making peace and striving to be a better person

Yom Kippur follows nine days after the first day of Rosh Hashanah, and is the Highest Holy Day in Jewish Religion , believed to be the month in which God created the world and the Jews were freed from slavery in Egypt. This year it will be September 26, 2012 however, the evening previous starts the abstaining of food,drink, no bathing of the body, no perfumes or anointing of oils, no wearing of leather shoes, and no marital sex, for 25 hours..after which feasting takes place.

The shofar is an instrument often made of a ram's horn and is blown one hundred times during each of the two days of Rosh Hashanah. The sound of the shofar reminds people of the importance of reflection during a ceremony usually taking place during the first day of Rosh Hashanah. Other symbols include apples, honey, matzah ball soup, Brisket, many fruits and round loaves of Challah, a bread (using eggs) which is shaped round and braided symbolizing the continuation of life , apple slices dipped in honey represent our hope for a sweet new year and is accompanied by a short prayer before eating that goes: "May it by Thy will, O Lord, Our God, to grant us a year that is good and sweet." On the second night of Rosh Hashanah it is customary to eat a fruit that is new for the season, saying a blessing as we eat it to thank God for bringing us to this season. Pomegranates are a popular choice because Israel is often praised for its pomegranates and the symbolic hope that our good deeds in the coming year will be as many as the seeds of the fruit.

Orthodox and Conservative Jews observe both days while Reformed Jews may only celebrate one day….Many abstain from driving, working and schools are closed in respect for the Holyday.. Some people choose to send greeting cards on Rosh Hashanah, but nowadays it is equally as common to send Rosh Hashanah e-cards a few days before the holiday.

To all my Jewish family and friends " L'Shanah Tovah "….( May you have a good year )





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