Wednesday, September 4, 2013

H is for High Holy Days and happy new year

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 Happy new year 5774. 

Tonight, Erev Rosh Hashana, we dipped apples in honey in hopes of a sweet and peaceful year ahead.
 And the yellow dates you see on the other plate--the blessing to be said after eating a date tonight is
יְהִי רָצוֹן מִלְּפָנֶיךָ ה' אֱלֹהינוּ וֵאלֵֹהי אֲבוֹתֵינוּ, שֶׁיִּתַּמּוּ אוֹיְבֵינוּ וְשׂוֹנְאֵינוּ וְכָל מְבַקְשֵׁי רָעָתֵנוּ
May it be Your will, Lord our God and the God of our fathers, that there come an end to our enemies, haters and those who wish evil upon us.


Here are more simanim, symbolic foods, that belong to the Rosh Hashana meal.
The fish head gets the blessing
יְהִי רָצוֹן מִלְּפָנֶיךָ ה' אֱלֹהינוּ וֵאלֵֹהי אֲבוֹתֵינוּ, שֶׁנִּהְיֶה לְרֹאשׁ וְלֹא לְזָנָב
May it be Your will, Lord our God and the God of our fathers, that we be a head and not a tail.

To the right are patties made from leek.
The Hebrew word for leek is related to the verb karat, to cut, so the rabbis of old made this blessing: 

יְהִי רָצוֹן מִלְּפָנֶיךָ ה' אֱלֹהינוּ וֵאלֵֹהי אֲבוֹתֵינוּ, שֶׁיִּכָּרְתוּ אוֹיְבֵינוּ וְשׂוֹנְאֵינוּ וְכָל מְבַקְשֵׁי רָעָתֵנוּ
May it be Your will, Lord our God and the God of our fathers, that our enemies, haters, and those who wish evil upon us shall be cut down.

See more simanim and their blessings at Chabad's "Rosh Hashanah Seder According to Sephardic Custom." 

Chag same-ach / happy holiday  and shana tova / a good year  to you! 
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(Linking to ABC Wednesday.)

9 comments:

Sara said...

Wishing you a blessed and peaceful new year, Dina. L'Shanah Tovah.

Roger Owen Green said...

Happy new year! May we all have a peaceful one...
ROG, ABCW

Leslie: said...

Wishing you a happy new year!

leslie
abcw team

Ercotravels said...

Happy new year :)
We also posted for ABC Wednesday here
Last Home of the Indian Khur Species

VP said...

Happy new year, Dina!

Karl Demetz said...

Happy new year from me too, Dina!

Reader Wil said...

Have a happy Rosh Hashana, Dina! Shalom in this new year !
Wil, ABCW Team.

Kay said...

Happy New Year, dear Dina! We're wishing you another fabulous year. It will definitely be even more wonderful with the family so close to you. Lucky you!

JM said...

Happy New Year, Dina! Let's hope it will not start with a new war.