Monday, September 29, 2008

Rosh Hashanah

Jewish Year 5769: sunset September 29, 2008 - nightfall October 1, 2008
At Sunset this evening, people of the Jewish faith will begin to celebrate the two day holiday of Rosh Hashanah.

In Hebrew, Rosh Hashanah means, literally, "head of the year" or "first of the year."
Rosh Hashanah is commonly known as the Jewish New Year.
The Jewish New Year is a time to begin introspection, looking back at the mistakes of the past year and planning the changes to make in the new year. One of the most important observances of this holiday is hearing the sounding of the shofar in the synagogue. A total of 100 notes are sounded each day. The shofar is a ram's horn which is blown somewhat like a trumpet.

A popular observance during this holiday is eating apples dipped in honey, a symbol of the wish for a sweet new year.

L'shanah tovah
(For a good year)

Bear((( )))


The W.O.W. factor said...

I like the observance of apples dipped in honey! "A sweet new year"..I'd better get some apples!
Cute Blog! and thanks for peeping at mine!

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

I, too, like the apple and honey tradition.

Happy New Year!

i beati said...

I could understand scar tissue but not the swelling..very strange indeed, makes one thinkits pushing on something.Maybe full circulation has not returned yet Bon chance sandy

Anonymous said...

L'shanah tovah. Wishing you life's rich blessings this New Year and always. Happy New Year.

Mental P Mama said...

Happy New Year to all!

Dianne said...

thanks Bear!! My Nana would have loved that New Year bear. She always felt the Jewish holidays got lost in all the others so this is very sweet of you :)

Daryl said...

Thanks dear Bear for explaining this so well ... L' Shana Tovah!


Wendy said...

I always like to read about other peoples' customs and traditions. We find a lot of similarities....more than differences.
I also like the honey and apples - hope your new year is sweet! Ummmmm!

photowannabe said...

Wishing you and yours a sweet and wonderful New Year. Thank you for the informative explanation.

femail doc said...

L'shanah tovah back at you!

bobbie said...

A very nice post.

Happy New Year!

Dina said...

What a clear and compact explanation. Wish I could do that.
Honey--so it is the best holiday for your bears! You really have a blue and white dooby with the star of David?! Ha, cool!
L'shana tova ticatevu, dear Bear Naked.