Sep 16, 2012

Blog Kindergarten: A Bossy Tutorial. Rosh Hashanah.

In Hebrew, Rosh Hashanah means “Head of the year”.

biblical-spelling

Rosh Hashanah is observed the first and second day of the seventh month of the Jewish calendar. And by Jewish calendar Bossy does not mean this:

jewish-calendar

But rather, this:

tishri

The holiday has four different meanings. It is:

  • The Jewish New Year
  • The Day of Judgment
  • The Day of Remembrance
  • The Day of the Sounding of the Shofar
  • And the Day of Outlet-Mall Shopping makes five

No work is permitted on Rosh Hashanah. Unless you work for the federal government, local unions, most school districts, major hospitals, accounting firms, county libraries, banks, architecture firms, retail stores, law practices, engineering companies, hotel chains, municipal service industries, major league sports teams, computer software designers, public transportation systems, or the federal post office. Or for Bossy’s employers.

As exciting as Christmas minus all the sparkly gifts, the tree, the eggnog, the mistletoe, the caroling, and the turkey — Rosh Hashanah marks the day when the Jews head to the synagogue to examine their past deeds, ask for forgiveness, contemplate their history, pray for Israel, and blow. The Shofar.

playing-the-shofar

The Shofar is a ram’s horn that is blown like a trumpet during the synagogue service, symbolically awakening the congregation and warning them of their coming judgment. There are four different Shofar notes of various tones and suspension: the tekiah, the shevarim, the teruah, and the tekia gedolah. And the what-in-Mary’s-name-was-that? makes five.

The Mahzor is a special prayer book used for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, which includes the prayer, “Who is like unto you, O God… and you will cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.” Followed by the prayer, “Who, like, is unto what, and who exactly are we casting because Bossy is really good at that.”

mahzor

On the first night of the two-day celebration, the Rosh Hashanah meal features apples and carrots dipped in honey to symbolize the sweetness of the coming year. Round challah bread is served to symbolize the cyclical nature of the year. And Tongue or other meats from the head are often served to symbolize the head of the year.

Similarly, sirloin tips or other meats from the ass can be served to symbolize the shitty things you’re gah willing leaving behind.

meats

And then, on the second night of the celebration, this is when, um, yeah!

L’shanah tovah!

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