Friday, September 22, 2006

Roseola & Rosh Hashanah

An update on Shayna's condition.... she has Roseola. She is feeling much better today and hopefully back to 100% very soon!

Tonight marks the beginning of the Jewish High Holidays with Rosh Hashanah. Below are some fun facts about the holiday:
Rosh Hashanah is Jewish New Year
Feast of the Trumpets remembers world's creation
by David Johnson
On Friday night, Sept. 22, 2006, Jews will begin celebrating one of their most important religious holidays, Rosh Hashanah. It remembers the creation of the world. In Hebrew, Rosh Hashanah means the "head of the year." It is also called the Feast of the Trumpets. The blowing of a ram's horn, a shofar, proclaims Rosh Hashanah, and summons Jews to religious services. Sundown Sept. 22 marks the beginning of the year 5767 and the month of Tishri. Jews used the ram's horn as a trumpet in Biblical times to announce the new moon, holidays, and war. Today, a variety of horns are used, including curved antelope horns.
Putting your spiritual house in order
While it does have its festive side, Rosh Hashanah is not one big party, as the New Year's celebrations on Dec. 31 tend to be. Rosh Hashanah is a time for personal introspection and prayer. Jews may also visit graves. It is thought that the prayers or good wishes of the dead can help the living. By wishing each other well and sending cards, people let friends know what happened in the past year and what plans lie ahead. Christmas cards and get-togethers fill a similar role for Christians. Rosh Hashanah is part of a process of spiritual growth. The Hebrew month preceding it, Elul, is a time for charity, tzedakah. Rosh Hashanah falls on the first and second days of the seventh month, Tishri.
Food for thought
Traditional Jewish foods accompany Rosh Hashanah. Typically, a blessing will be said over two loaves of bread, known as
challah. The round shape symbolizes a crown, a reminder of the kingship of God. Challah also stands for the circle of life, and the hope that our lives endure without end. Challah is sometimes baked with a ladder on top in recognition that only God decides who climbs up or down the ladder of life. Forming challah in the shape of a bird is also done. The Torah says that God will protect Jerusalem in the same way a bird hovers.Apples dipped in honey are another Rosh Hashanah tradition. It symbolizes the hope for a "sweet year" ahead. Honey is spread on challah. Tzimmes, a mixture made from carrots, cinnamon, yams, prunes, and honey, is also traditional.


At 1:57 PM, Blogger Jen3 @ Amazing Trips said...

Roseola STINKS. We had that (everyone except Elizabeth?) a couple months ago. The kids were SO fussy, so clingy, so feverish - it was miserable. However ... they did love their popsicles. That was the first time we introduced them and it was great.

I know ALL about Rosh Hashanah, because of the books I read when I was at your house. Challah ... mmmm ... tasty!!!

L' Shana Tova! :)

At 2:25 PM, Blogger Jenny in Queensland said...

I glad that Shayna is feeling better.
I hope your family has a happy Rosh Hasanah.

At 3:09 PM, Anonymous marallyn said...

refuah shleymah...a quick and full recovery dear shayna...and a sweet happy new year to you and yours


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