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October 1, 2016 / 28 Elul, 5776

Posts Tagged ‘Rosh Hashana’

Beyond the Matrix – Religion, Relationship, and Rosh HaShanah [audio]

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

Ira and Rod discuss what it is like for Jew and non Jew alike to be approaching the holy day of Rosh HaShanah when all souls stand before the Creator.

Beyond the Matrix 27Sept2016 – PODCAST

Israel News Talk Radio

Tamar Yonah – How Non-Jews Can Acknowledge the Rosh HaShana Holiday [audio]

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

On this show:
1) How do non-Jews relate to the Rosh HaShana holiday?
2) America, China, Russia: Gearing up for war?
3) More conspiracy scenarios regarding the upcoming US elections and what they are telling you to do. See article here.

OUR GUEST
Rod Bryant is a former Evangelical Pastor of 31 years who turned to the Torah and Judaism and now leads an International community of Bnei Noach. He’s also a radio talk show host on INTR and hosts Beyond the Matrix. He’s here to talk about the best way for non-Jews who believe in the Torah, to observe and celebrate the Rosh HaShana holiday.

Tamar Yonah 26Sept2016 – PODCAST

Israel News Talk Radio

Soul Talk – How to Love and Enjoy a Day of Judgement [audio]

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

The High Holidays are fast approaching. To what extent do we really understand what these important holiday’s are all about. What does it mean that G-d is judging us? Why are we declaring G-d as our King? How can we best prepare ourselves to make the most of the Holiday?

Join Rabbi David Aaron and Leora Mandel on Soul Talk to get a better understanding of what these holiday’s are really about.

We welcome your thoughts and questions: soultalk@israelnewstalkradio.com

Soul Talk 25Sep2016 – PODCAST

Israel News Talk Radio

10 Rosh Hashanah Hacks to Keep Your Kids (or Students) Engaged

Monday, September 26th, 2016

The high holidays sometimes get us a little (or a lot) nervous and it’s easy to forget that it’s just as important for kids to be involved. We can help kids feel connected by giving them a little hands-on guidance about why the holidays matter.

It’s especially helpful for kids with special needs, who already might feel more out of the loop.

An Israeli organization for kids and adults with special needs, Seeach Sod, excels at making sure that each kid feels connected and challenged according to their level of ability. All Seeach Sod programs are designed to provide opportunities for people with special needs to participate fully in Jewish life.

With their extensive experience, parents and staff at Seeach Sod gave us some tips to make the high holidays more fun and meaningful for kids.

1) Sweeten things up

Make small honey cakes for your neighbors. This is the perfect way to get brownie points, and teach your kids about giving. Save one for noshing and another few for your family to enjoy.

Hint: Teach your kids about intentions while you’re pouring in the ingredients. Have each kid choose an intention to “pour” into the batter (love, peace, kindness, fun etc…).

2) Spread the love

Prepare Rosh Hashana cards with your kids that they can give out to their friends. It will help your kids feel more involved and get them into the holiday spirit. You can find Rosh Hashana related designs or cards online for your kids to color in themselves.

Hint: Don’t worry if your kids aren’t coloring in the lines, it’s for their friends, not yours.

3) Make it count

Count pomegranate seeds to see if there are 613. To make sure no one gets antsy, give each kid a small section to count and add them all up at the end.

Hint: In case you don’t find 613 seeds, there is a study that found that 613 is the average number of seeds in pomegranates from different countries.

4) Invent a siman

Get creative with your kids and make up your own simanim. They can be meaningful or silly, but most importantly get the whole family involved in the new family tradition.

Hint: Ask your kids for ideas during dinner time the week before Rosh Hashana. This way you can have time to buy or prepare the new simanim.

5) Go fishing

If your kids (or the adults in the room) aren’t going for a taste of the fish head, get jelly fish candies from the shuk, cut the heads off and hand those out as an alternative.

Hint: Get a discussion going about why we eat a fish head on Rosh Hashana.

6) Blow it up

Buy your kids a shofar and let them practice before Rosh Hashana. It will help build your kids confidence in their abilities and you never know, you might have the next master shofar blower in your house

Hint: If they need help, look up tutorials and tips online or ask a neighbor who’s a pro. Also, buy yourself earplugs.

7) Help them introspect

Don’t be afraid to get deep with your kids. Speak to them about their strengths and challenges. Guide them to come up with an area they want to improve. Ask them what they think before jumping in with your own suggestions.

Hint: Pay attention to the mood they are in before you sit down to chat. Pick a time where they are calm and relaxed so they are most connected to themselves.

8) Practice what you preach

To give your kids a deeper sense of the holiday spirit, commit to working on yourself in a specific way. Challenge each of them to come up with something they want to work as well. Make a chart to keep track of the times they succeed and give them a prize after a designated number of successes.

Hint: For yourself, choose an attribute or behavior that is related to being a parent. Every time you slip-up give yourself a point. After a certain amount of points they get a prize or a treat. Eg. If you yell 10 times the kids get a pizza party.

9) Let them run the show

Make a list of all the simanim and let each kid pick the ones they want to be in charge of on Rosh Hashana night. Their task will be to hand them out and if they are old enough, to provide an explanation.

Hint: Type a list of simanim with pictures to make choosing more fun. You can search for images online or draw in your own.

10) Make a wish

Make your own fortune cookies with blessings for the New Year. Have your kids write down a few blessings that they want for themselves, other members of the family and their friends.

Hint: It sounds complicated, but fortune cookies are surprisingly simple to make.

Raizel Druxman

Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport Braces for 30,000 Travelers to Uman

Sunday, September 25th, 2016

Israel Airport Authorities and workers at Ben Gurion International Airport are bracing themselves for the onslaught this week when 160 flights will depart to Uman, in Ukraine.

Some 30,000 travelers are flying to the grave site of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov on what is for many an annual pilgrimage on Jewish high holy days, arriving at the tomb of the 19th century Chassidic rebbe just before Rosh Hashana, the holiday on which he deemed it most important for his Chassidim to gather with him during his lifetime.

Rebbe Nachman, who lived from 1772 to 1810, was a great-grandson of the Baal Shem Tov. He combined mystical teachings of Kabbalah with Torah scholarship in his teachings of the thousands of followers who were attracted to his movement, which was not dynastic, and not a traditional Chassidic court.

The concept of God taught by Rebbe Nachman, that one could speak to Him as a “best friend,” that He is someone with whom anyone could connect on the simplest of levels, made the Divine completely accessible, and God easily approachable to those who felt alienated by religion. To this day, the Breslov movement remains vibrant and continues to attract new followers.

Rebbe Nachman visited Israel from 1798 to 1799, spending time in Haifa, Tverya (Tiberias) and Tzefat.

In Israel, travelers to Uman are being asked to arrive at the airport four hours ahead of schedule in order to ease the processing due to the massive crowds that are expected.

Registration processing and passport control will take place both in Terminal 1 and in Terminal 3. Some 1.7 million travelers are expected to pass through the airport during this holiday season — about eight percent more than the number of travelers seen last year, officials said.

Hana Levi Julian

Huge Majority of Europe’s Jews Say They’re Staying Home for the Holy Days

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

A survey conducted last week by the European Jewish Association (EJA) and the Rabbinical Center of Europe (RCE) shows that a huge percentage of Europe’s Jews are afraid to leave their homes and attend High Holy Day services this year.

Despite the increased security arrangements around Jewish institutions in Europe, 70 percent of Europe’s Jews do not intend to visit synagogues on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. The survey was conducted on September 12-15, 2016 among a representative sample of 700 capital cities and communities in the periphery throughout Europe, from Britain in the west to Ukraine in the east.

The findings showed that more that 50 percent of Jewish communities across the continent reported a decline in the number of active members of the Jewish community, as a direct result of an increase of anti-Semitism.

Only about 11 percent of communities across Europe reported an increase in members, and 39 percent of the communities reported that there was no change in the number of registered community members. EJA and RCE General Director, Rabbi Menachem Margolin said that 75 percent of the communities reported an increased vigilance by various governments to the dangers faced by Jews in light of the growing Anti-Semitism since last year’s High Holidays.

The vast majority of community leaders also reported having to increase security and policing measures around Jewish schools, synagogues and other affiliated institutions of the community. “The challenge for most of the Jewish communities has doubled in recent months,” noted Rabbi Margolin.

“On one hand, violence against Jews increased significantly — against individuals, institutions and communities (among other reasons by immigrants and Muslim refugees). On the other hand, as a result of the refugee crisis, there is an actual increase in the power of the far right across the continent as well. “Currently the focus of the extreme right and their activity is focused on Islam, but testimonies of rabbis and community leaders show a great deal of concern about the growing of nationalism and xenophobia (hatred of foreigners)” warns Rabbi Margolin. The rabbi also called for the European Union and governments across the continent to increase educational efforts and the fight against anti-Semitism as part of the curriculum in schools.

“Counter terrorism is of course an important measure to save lives – but not enough to solve the problem from the root. As long as there will not be an educational effort focused on the elimination of anti-Semitism, the problem will continue,” he warned.

Hana Levi Julian

The Six13 High Holiday Mashup

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

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