Monday, September 19, 2022

Rosh Hashanah 5783

Dip Your Apple In The Honey: It's Rosh Hashanah! And, as we begin a New Year, please remember - as Rabbi Adam Rosenbaum of Temple Beth Tzedek in Buffalo, New York has taught us -

There is hope for the world.
There is hope for your life.

The way it is now is not the way it must be. 

Abq Jew warmly invites you to check out
this now-classic Rosh Hashanah hit from 5772:

Dip Your Apple!

No apples, pomegranates, babies, or smartphones
were harmed in the filming of this video.
Please don't feed babies honey.


Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, Abq Jew knows (and knows you know), are special times for our Jewish hearts, minds, and souls.

The Ein Prat Fountainheads have touched our hearts. Now, here is something that will touch our minds and souls.

From Cantor Beth Cohen of Congregation Nahalat Shalom, who passes on a teaching of Rabbi Zalman Schacter-Shalomi zt”l (aka Reb Zalman), the founder of the Jewish Renewal movement.
“Leshana Tovah” as we often hear, say or sing during this time of year means have a good year. Reb Zalman teaches that the shoresh or root of the Hebrew word “shana” (shin-nun-hey) has two opposite meanings: “to change” and “to repeat.” 

He further explains that there are two ways to express this in the Yiddish language and tradition. 

  • When we wish to change something, we can say with a low mono-toned voice using a low hand gesture to the right: “Heynt azoy?” (Today this way?), and the same to the left, “Morgen azoy?” (Tomorrow, unfortunately this way?). 
  • When we want to repeat and bring something from the past year or past years into the New Year, we can say with an excited voice and two hands held up high “Heynt azoy! Un Morgen azoy!” (Today this way! And tomorrow this way!). 

And - to bring joy into our Elul practice and introspection - Cantor Beth presents Israel's Yamma Ensemble, with shofar “Mimkomecha” from the Kedusha prayer that is sung during the HHD services. 

This fabulous Sephardic group will be performing - yes, right here in ABQ - at ¡Globalquerque!, the Annual Celebration of World Music & Culture on Saturday September 24th. 

Rosh Hashanah

L'Shana Tova U'Metuka, New Mexico!
A Good & Sweet Year, Albuquerque!  

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