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Shana Tovah! Celebrating Rosh Hashanah

Posted on: September 25th, 2014
Why do we blow the shofar so many times on Rosh Hashanah

Shana tovah u’metukah!!! Or for those of us who do not speak a lick of Hebrew, “a good and sweet New Year”!!

Sweet is definitely a fitting word for this holiday. With all of the traditional New Year treats of apples and honey, honey cakes, pomegranates, and raisin challah, this has to be an Israeli dentist’s least favorite High Holy Day. But whether in Israel, the U.S., or any other place in the world, Jewish people will be ushering in the Jewish calendar’s year of 5775 by celebrating in a very similar manner. Traditionally a synagogue service would be attended, which would be full of singing and prayer as well as the blowing of the shofar, a ram’s horn in fulfillment of the commandment of Leviticus to commemorate the occasion with loud blasts.

In the afternoon, it is customary to take a walk to an open body of water and shake out your pockets into the water to symbolize casting your sins into the water. If you are visiting Israel during Rosh Hashanah, hang out near a body of water and you might be lucky enough to see religious Jews performing this custom of Tashlich. Starting over fresh (and getting to eat some delicious food) is definitely something that we can all appreciate no matter our culture or country. So go ahead and dip your apple slices into some honey tonight and bring a little sweetness into the year 5775.

Christina Peters, Israel Tours
September, 2014


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