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Old 09-28-2011, 11:36 AM
 
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Here's wishing all the good people at the City-Data forums, L'Shannah Tovah (li-SHAH-nuh TOH-vuh; li-shah-NAH toh-VAH), Hebrew, literally, "for a good year". This is a shortening of the traditional seasonal greeting, "L'Shannah tovah tikatev v'taihatem" (or, to women, "L'Shannah tovah tikatevi v'taihatemi"), which means, "May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year."

The two-day (one day if in Israel or if following the Reform ritual) Jewish Biblical Festival of Rosh ha Shannah (Lev. 23:23-25) commemorates the anniversary of the creation of the world, and more specifically the day on which G-d created Man, G-d's final and most precious creation; and, of G-d as judge, dispensing mercy or justice to those who do or do not repent their sins.

The shofar (ram's horn) is blown, sounding the alarm that it is the time for introspection, asking for forgiveness, giving forgiveness, resolving to do better, and remembering G-d is our King and Judge.

The synagogue service is followed in the early afternoon by a festive meal of sweet foods at home with family and friends. Pieces of challah (braided egg bread) are dipped in honey, rather than the usual practice of dipping in salt before saying the pre-meal Blessing, and pieces of apple are also dipped in honey before eating.

This year, Rosh ha Shannah begins at sundown tonight, Wednesday, September 28, on the civil calendar and marks the beginning of the High Holy Days that end 9 days later on Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement, Lev. 16:29-31, 23:26-32).

L'Shannah Tovah & Happy 5772,

Walter Greenspan
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Old 09-28-2011, 11:40 AM
 
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L'Shannah Tovah back at ya!

Will you be joining us at my mother-in-laws on Friday? I hear my sister-in-law will be a no show.
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Old 09-28-2011, 11:42 AM
 
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Here's wishing all the good people at the City-Data forums, L'Shannah Tovah (li-SHAH-nuh TOH-vuh; li-shah-NAH toh-VAH), Hebrew, literally, "for a good year". This is a shortening of the traditional seasonal greeting, "L'Shannah tovah tikatev v'taihatem" (or, to women, "L'Shannah tovah tikatevi v'taihatemi"), which means, "May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year."

The two-day (one day if in Israel or if following the Reform ritual) Jewish Biblical Festival of Rosh ha Shannah (Lev. 23:23-25) commemorates the anniversary of the creation of the world, and more specifically the day on which G-d created Man, G-d's final and most precious creation; and, of G-d as judge, dispensing mercy or justice to those who do or do not repent their sins.

The shofar (ram's horn) is blown, sounding the alarm that it is the time for introspection, asking for forgiveness, giving forgiveness, resolving to do better, and remembering G-d is our King and Judge.

The synagogue service is followed in the early afternoon by a festive meal of sweet foods at home with family and friends. Pieces of challah (braided egg bread) are dipped in honey, rather than the usual practice of dipping in salt before saying the pre-meal Blessing, and pieces of apple are also dipped in honey before eating.

This year, Rosh ha Shannah begins at sundown tonight, Wednesday, September 28, on the civil calendar and marks the beginning of the High Holy Days that end 9 days later on Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement, Lev. 16:29-31, 23:26-32).

L'Shannah Tovah & Happy 5772,

Walter Greenspan
lshanah tova v tikatevu, walter.

In our home we follow the custom of eating a new fruit, which IIUC is to justify saying shehechayanu on the second day of yom tov.

Oh, and I think this year I will try to do an eruv tavshillin - though we are not strictly shomer shabbat, I want to acknowledge that aspect of the Halacha for the three day yom tov.


This year many conservative/masorti shuls are using a new Mahzor Mahzor Lev Shalem: Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur | The Rabbinical Assembly It has some very nice commentaries and explanations, a little bit of an answer to the Art Scroll approach, though of course the haskafah is different.
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