Friday, August 1, 2014 Av 5, 5774
We go back to our archives for some ideas for tashlich, or the custom of literally and symbolically emptying our pockets into flowing water to "wash away our sins."
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The New Year is rapidly approaching - a time to gather together with family and friends in the home and in the synagogue. And we work to make our table beautiful for Rosh Hashanah, just like we do for Shabbat. Here's a fun and simple idea for you to try. You will need: a plastic apple; a plastic honey bear;...
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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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