Torah Study begins at 10am with services to follow at 11:15
September 14, 2019
Rabbi's Message About Sunday's Rosh HaShanah Foods Workshop
Are you ready for the seder? No?
Did you know there is a tradition of a seder on Rosh HaShanah?
If, like most members of Kehillath Shalom, you are of Ashkenazic descent, you may be familiar with adding a blessing over apples dipped in honey on Rosh HaShanah so that we might have a sweet year. Jews with roots in Spain have a tradition that expands this practice to many foods that symbolize many blessings. These are called simanim, or omens. And they are eaten in an order (seder) on Rosh HaShanah evening.
Beyond food, tradition (superstition?) suggests that what we do on Rosh HaShanah will have an impact on the year. For example, there's a tradition not to nap on the holiday so that we do not sleep the year away. Perhaps you might like to think about what you would like more of in the coming year and do it (even symbolically) on Rosh HaShanah. We talk a lot about reflection and changes we might make at this time of year: let's get to it! Go for that walk in the woods, call that person you've been meaning to reconnect with, take a bit of time with your friend/spouse/parent/kid, write your elected representative. Make your wishes reality.
And if you want to know more about food omens, come to Sunday's culinary workshop!
Rabbi Lina Zerbarini
First session is Wednesday, September 11th - 6-7pm
Next session: September 18, 2019
Meeting Thursdays in September. Contact Rabbi for location.