Friday, July 25, 2014 Tammuz 27, 5774
Handmade greeting cards reflect the many themes of Rosh Hashanah: blowing the shofar, dipping apples in honey, community togetherness, etc. Creating these cards with special people in mind makes this a wonderful family activity - and perhaps a new tradition. Here's how to make your own "Apple Print Cards." You will need: an apple cut in half around the middle...
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In the synagogue, several different sounds are played on the shofar. The rabbi calls out the name of the sound, and the shofar blower responds with the sound that is asked for. Tekiah, the "blast" is one long clear blast of sound. Shevarim, the "broken" sound is three short, quick notes. Teruah, the "alarm" is nine or more short notes...
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The section of the Torah that describes Rosh Hashanah does not say what we might expect: "In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall observe complete rest, a sacred occasion commemorated with loud blasts" (Leviticus 23:32). There is no mention of a "New Year." We're not told much about the significance of the day other...
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Torah Portion
By:
Rabbi David Gutterman
VAETCHANAN Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11 Scholar Nehama Leibowitz points out in Studies in Devarim ("Deuteronomy") that all "the main principles of Judaism - the prohibition of idolatry, the principles of the unity, love and fear of God, the Decalogue, the duty of studying Torah - all are given an honorable mention in this sidra, Vaetchanan." Much of the fifth book of the...
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The spring, summer and fall harvests are connected to Passover, Shavuot and Sukkot. These harvests were celebrated by a pilgrimage to the Temple in Jerusalem with people coming from all over Eretz Yisrael, as well as Babylon and Egypt to give thanks to God for the bounty they were to receive. Shavuot is known as Chag Habikkurim, the holiday of...
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