Happy New Year ~ Rosh Hashanah

1 Oct

EDIT ~ Adding this video:
The Message resonates with me.
“Rosh Hashana: What’s Love Got to Do With It?
A surprising way to prepare for the High Holidays.”

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Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, falls on the Hebrew calendar dates of 1 and 2 Tishrei. Here are the coinciding secular dates for 2011: September 28 (at sundown) – 30

Note: The Jewish calendar date begins at sundown of the night beforehand. Thus all holiday observances begin at sundown on the secular dates listed, with the following day being the first full day of the holiday. Jewish calendar dates conclude at nightfall.

Rosh Hashanah
(Hebrew: ראש השנה‎), (literally “head of the year”), is the Jewish New Year. The first of the High Holy days or Yamim Nora’im (“Days of Awe”), Rosh Hashanah is observed and celebrated on the first two days of Tishrei, the seventh month of the Hebrew calendar (nine and eight days before Yom Kippur). It is described in the Torah as יום תרועה (Yom Teru’ah, a day of sounding [the Shofar]).

Rosh Hashanah marks the start of a new year in the Hebrew calendar (one of four “new year” observances that define various legal “years” for different purposes as explained in the Mishnah and Talmud). //

In Jewish liturgy Rosh Hashanah is described as “the day of judgment” (Yom ha-Din) and “the day of remembrance” (Yom ha-Zikkaron). Some midrashic descriptions depict God as sitting upon a throne, while books containing the deeds of all humanity are opened for review, and each person passing in front of Him for evaluation of his or her deeds. The Talmud provides three central ideas behind the day:

“The Holy One said, ‘on Rosh Hashanah recite before Me [verses of] Sovereignty, Remembrance, and Shofar blasts (malchuyot, zichronot, shofrot): Sovereignty so that you should make Me your King; Remembrance so that your remembrance should rise up before Me. And through what? Through the Shofar.’ (Rosh Hashanah 16a, 34b)”

This is reflected in the prayers composed by the classical rabbinic sages for Rosh Hashanah found in all machzorim where the theme of the prayers is the strongest theme is the “coronation” of God as King of the universe in preparation for the acceptance of judgments that will follow on that day, symbolized as “written” into a Divine book of judgments, that then hang in the balance for ten days waiting for all to repent, then they will be “sealed” on Yom Kippur. The assumption is that everyone was sealed for life and therefore the next festival is Sukkot (Tabernacles) that is referred to as “the time of our joy” (z’man simchateinu).


O Source of peace, lead us to peace,
a peace profound and true;

lead us to a healing,
to mastery of all that drives us to war
within ourselves and with others.

May our deeds inscribe us in the book of life
and blessing, righteousness and peace.

O Source of peace, bless us with peace.

Gates of Repentence.

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and to make it a bit funky ~~~~>>> Rosh Hashanah Rock Anthem



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Song Lyrics:
Synagogue, Rabbi’s talk, going on for a while, can you check the clock, huh
Cantor’s opera, lost my spot, do you know the place, choir in the slot
Wine we drink, with family now, good deeds you do, good for your soul
Fish head, ram’s horn, shofar blow, give some money, appeal for dough

Yo, I’m returnin’ to the fold can you explain mo’
Got this desire to know Torah scroll, say hello
Our prayers rock, yeah, we’re the Jews and we question
Got the pride, just cant stop, our lives are changin’
Rosh Hashanah’s in the house tonight

All the world is passing through the light
Let’s all get written in the book of Life
Shana Tova — It’s High Holiday time

Taking stock is what we do tonight
Shana Tova — it’s High Holiday time
Let’s all get written in the book of Life
Blow the shofar and — Shuckle!

Three times a day I’m shucklin’
shucklin’, shucklin’

Shofar blast, all across the world we will do this task
Apples and honey, feelin’ glad — now stop, never get mad

Fill the Kiddush cup, my friends around
Books are opened up, the challah’s round
All our history, we see it now
Now please hear our plea, we’re prayin’ now

Stand up, sit down, pass the prayer books around
Stand up, sit down, pass the prayer books around
Stand up, sit down, pass the prayer books around
Pass the prayer books around, pass the prayer books around

Rosh Hashanah’s in the house tonight
All the world is passing through the light
Let’s all get written in the book of Life
Shana Tova — it’s High Holiday time

Taking stock is what we do tonight
Shana Tova — it’s High Holiday time
Let’s all get written in the book of Life
Blow the shofar and — Shuckle!

Everyday I’m shucklin’

Feel free to greet your Jewish friends
and neighbors with “Happy New Year,”
or to use the Hebrew expression “Shana Tova,”
which is a wish for a “good new year.”

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One Response to “Happy New Year ~ Rosh Hashanah”

  1. Judaica art October 5, 2011 at 8:03 am #

    Wow, this Shana tova rock video clip is so cool.
    Usually I have no patience watching clips online but this video really fascinated me.
    Very cool

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