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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Rosh Hashanah Observances

Like I mentioned earlier this week, Rosh Hashanah begins tonight and I will not be online again until Saturday night. Simon and Zachary brought home some projects for Rosh Hashanah that I wanted to share before the holiday!

This is Simon’s tin foil shofar.

“The shofar is a ram's horn which is blown somewhat like a trumpet. One of the most important observances of [Rosh Hashanah] is hearing the sounding of the shofar. A total of 100 notes are sounded each day [of the holiday]. One [reason for this observance] that has been suggested is that the shofar’s sound is a call to repentance.” –

This is a picture from school of Simon making his shofar!

Simon also made honey cookies! Eating sweet foods on Rosh Hashanah symbolizes our wish for a sweet new year.

And he brought home this Happy New Year card. I asked him what he drew in the middle and he said he doesn’t know!

This card is from Zachary. It says “A Good Year to the Family” and at the bottom it says “name: Zecharia” (his Hebrew name).

This is a plate that Zachary made. In the middle is a cup for honey. Around the sides it is decorated with some of the symbolic foods some people eat on the nights of Rosh Hashanah. There are certain prayers that go with each food and the foods were “specifically chosen because their Hebrew names are related to other Hebrew words that convey our wishes for the coming year.”:

Apples and Honey: We pray for a good and sweet new year.

Dates: Related to the word meaning “to end.” We pray for “an end to our enemies, haters and those who wish evil upon us.

Leeks: Related to the word meaning “to cut.” We pray “that our enemies, haters, and those who wish evil upon us shall be cut down.

Pomegranate: Because of all the seeds inside. We pray “that we be filled with mitzvot [good deeds] like a pomegranate [is filled with seeds].

Gourd: Related to the words meaning “to rip apart” and “to announce.” We pray that evil decrees are torn and our merits are announced.

Fish head: We pray “that we be a head and not a tail.” (And with the fish itself, we pray “that we be fruitful and multiply like fish.”

[source for the above]

“The ten days starting with Rosh Hashanah and ending with Yom Kippur are commonly known as the Days of Awe or the Days of Repentance. This is a time for serious introspection, a time to consider the sins of the previous year and repent before Yom Kippur. Among the customs of this time, it is common to seek reconciliation with people you may have wronged during the course of the year.” –

Zachary drew the following, relating to apologizing to others:

“Not good.” His drawing shows a boy hitting another boy with a ball.

“Sorry.” The boy says he’s sorry because the other boy is crying.

“Good.” The two boys play with the ball together.

To those celebrating, Happy New Year! If you want to read a bit more from me, I have a guest post up over here today!

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Munchkins and the Military said...

This is so interesting! I love all of your explanations of Judaism.

Leslie @ Violet Imperfection said...

I can't get over how much older Simon look with his haircut. He is such a cutie! The kids work looks great, I love Zachary's cute little people.

Janine Huldie said...

Thank you so much for sharing and loved learning a bit more about this holiday from you. Happy New Year now!! :)

Tamar SB said...

That is the same honey-cookie recipe we use! I love it so much, but opted for apple cake this year!

Shana tova to you and yours!!

Annie One Can Cook! said...

Happy Rosh Hashanah, friend! Loved reading about the holiday!!

mail4rosey said...

Happy New Year to you!! And thank you for linking to Super Sunday Sync!

Elisabeth H said...

Aww! I love all of the projects your kids made. I'll have to wish you a belated Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. I thought of you but this year it was earlier than I recalled so I missed sending you a message. Usually Yom Kippur is close to or right on my birthday (Sept. 25). Well, here are well wishes nonetheless!

Dara said...

it absolutely was very early this year! it is different each year, as you know, and this is an early year. it's actually so early that hanukkah begins on thanksgiving! (it is just about always in december!!)