It’s that time of year again.
Rosh Hashanah etiquette guide
Congress closes. Some schools close. Jewish friends and co-workers are being nicer than usual. Then they ask for a few days off, sometimes in the middle of the week.
Round challah with raisins show up at the deli. Honey, grape juice, apples and brisket go on sale at major supermarket chains. What is going on?
Don’t panic — it’s Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, which begins at sundown ………..
The most famous symbol of the holiday, the Shofar, is sounded in synagogues on Rosh Hashanah, and is critical to our obligations on Rosh Hashanah. It’s not an ancient trumpet for the likes of Wynton Marsalis, rather the Shofar is serious business and fashioned from a ram’s horn. The blasts of the Shofar are likened both to the wordless cries of the humanity speaking to God, and a wake-up call to the soul which transcends rational explanation.
Some of our other cherished customs include: dipping challah and apples into honey and eating honey cake to symbolize our wish for a sweet new year; consuming huge meals with too many courses, calories, and cousins; tossing bread crumbs into living waters during a ceremony called “Tashlich” to symbolically cast away our sins; and renewing synagogue memberships.
Feel free to greet your Jewish friends and neighbors with “Happy New Year,” or to use the Hebrew expression “Shana Tova,”which is a wish for a “good new year.”
Rosh Hashanah, beginning tonight at sundown is when all living things are judged, Ahhhhhhhhh the Jewish New Year.
Honey honey honey. Mmmmmmmmm.
It literally means “the head of the year”, and commemorates the anniversary of the creation of the world.
We very fallible humans are asked to examine our past deeds and asks for forgiveness from those we may have knowingly or unknowingly offended this past year.
If you haven’t had the courage ……..Now’s the time to ask for good ole forgiveness.
JUST DO IT.
It is believed that on Rosh Hashanah the destiny of all mankind is recorded by G-d in the Book of Life.
So to all my honey drippin “Sweet” Friends:
May ALL the kindness
you’ve given to others
return many times to you.
May love, HOPE and warmth
be in your heart’s possessing,
and may this New Year
bring you and yours
and “May you be inscribed in the Book of Life.”
WE WILL NOT SUBMIT.