Brain Bush’s Blog

Rosh Hashanah

  • By : Brian Bush
  • September 30, 2008
  • 9:32 pm

Hi Everybody,

Several Jewish holidays take place between September 29 and October 21.

So let's talk a bit more in depth about the Jewish New Year.

In the run up before the Jewish New Year special penitential prayers, recited before the regular morning prayers, and the blowing of the ram's horn, also called a shofar, after the morning prayer service are done.

Rosh Hashanah is a two-day celebration mandated by Leviticus 23:23-25. Both days are marked by special prayers and scriptural readings.

The centerpiece of the Rosh Hashanah service is the blowing of the shofar
during morning prayers.

Rosh Hashanah is also characterized by two special customs. The first is
the eating of apple slices dipped in honey, symbolizing the hope that the
coming year will be “sweet.” The second involves going to a natural source
of flowing water on the first day (such as an ocean, river, or spring), reading a selection
of scriptural verses and casting pieces of bread into the water. This
symbolizes the “casting off” of the previous year's sins; this practice
derives from Micah 7:19 as we spoke about earlier in the week with Chuck.

As he said, it's great to live in a land and gain insights into scripture – and to share those with you!

Check back for more!

Brian

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