Tag: Rosh HaShanah

I am for My Beloved and My Beloved is for Me

“I am for my Beloved and my Beloved is for me.” (Song of Solomon 6:3) In Hebrew, it’s ah-nee le-doh-dee, ve-doh-dee lee. The Hebrew month of Elul (אֱלוּל), which we are now in, is an acronym for this verse, and serves as a time of preparation for the High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

Twenty-seven years ago, I prepared to marry my beshert, my destiny. Friends gathered around and fussed over my gown, . . .

Why Would God Hate our Festivals?

God said, “I cannot bear your worthless assemblies. Your New Moon feasts and your appointed festivals I hate with all my being. They have become a burden to me; I am weary of bearing them. When you spread out your hands in prayer, I hide my eyes from you; even when you offer many prayers, I am not listening.” Isaiah 1:13-15

Hey! L’shana Tova!

Rosh Hashana, the Biblical Feast of Trumpets and the Jewish New Year, begins at sunset tonight (Wednesday, September 28, 2011)!

High Holidays: What if I Do it Wrong?

This should be the sweetest time of the year. But, for some, the High Holidays produce incredible anxiety. What if I don’t know Hebrew? Can I say the prayers in English? What if I don’t have a proper kiddush cup? Can I use a wine glass? What if my family doesn’t observe the days? Should I celebrate without them? What if I hate the taste of apples and honey? Do I have to eat it?

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