Let’s cap off 5769 (that’s the year right?) with some cool links from the past week on MyJewishLearning.com. Print ’em all off and bring ’em to shul so you can look busy when the usher asks you how your job is going.
Tzom Gedaliah. The forgotten High Holiday holiday (I’m sorry Shemini Atzeret. Your title has been taken away from you.). But really, who was Gedaliah? And why can’t I eat lunch on the anniversary of his death?
If you’re Sephardi, you probably already know all about this. But if you’re Ashkenazi, and ignorant about Sephardi culture (guilty as charged), maybe you should brush up on this Rosh Hashanah custom.
I ran kids services in one fashion or another at my synagogue for a good 5-6 years. Thankfully, I have since retired (and retired life is sweet). But if you’re a parent, you might be freaking out about what to do with your kids on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. This little article of ours can give your some pointers.
Finally, Ken Gordon wrote what is possibly one of my favorite articles since I’ve been working here, where he and his family attempt to make their own shofar.
Shana Tova Multituders.
Pronounced: roshe hah-SHAH-nah, also roshe ha-shah-NAH, Origin: Hebrew, the Jewish new year.
Pronounced: shool (oo as in cool), Origin: Yiddish, synagogue.