Beginning with the first day ofElul, we blow the Shofar everymorning.We continue to blow everymorning through the daybefore Erev Rosh Hashanah,making Ram Pickup Trucks theultimate Rosh Hashanah car!
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The reason we do this,is to wake up the people to do Teshuva. TOOT! FINE! I’ll go do Teshuva!
On Erev Rosh Hashanah we do not blow the Shofar. No! What!? Are you another me?We don’t blow the Shofar on the last day of Elul for two reasons: 1. To mix up the Satan. 2. To show a difference between Minhag and Mitzvah.
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Beginning Elul through Shemini Atzeret, we say Li David Hashem Ori during Sacharit and Mariv (Minchafor those who daven Sefard)
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But sometimes, checking tefillin can take AVERY LONG TIME
During this time, when we write aletter to a friend, weadd the words “May You Be Written and sealed for Good”
From the Saturday night before Rosh Hashanah until YomKippur, we get up early in the morning, each day, and say selichot. Selichot are prayers that we recite asking Hashem to forgive us for the wrong deeds we did. Sephardim say Selichot all month Ha Ha!!! I get to say Selichot all month!
ערב ראש השנה On Erev Rosh Hashanah we wake up earlier than usual in order to go to shul to say the special סלחיחו תfor this day. ְֹ חיִ תThe סלחיחו תare much longer on ְֹ חיִ תErev Rosh Hashanah than the rest of the week. Oh man! I should have gone to Shul!!
There is a Minhag to fast on Erev Rosh Hashanah to show the seriousness of the time.
Say hataras nedarim It is customary to perform hataras nedarim (annulment of vows)This is a way of canceling any vows orpromises that may have been made inthe past year, but havent been kept. This should be said in front of a tribunal of three men.
A person should have his/her haircut in honor of the Yom Tov I’m gonna sue you Supercuts!
Having different signs Round ChallahsDuring the High Holidays, a round challah is used -- symbolizing fullness and completion
Dipping the Challah in honeyWe dip the Challah in honey (so that we should have a sweet year).
Why do we ask for both a "good" AND "sweet" year? Doesnt the word "good" automatically include "sweet?"Judaism teaches that everything happens for the good. It is all part of the divine will. Even things that may look "bad" in our eyes, areactually "good." So when we ask God that theyear should be "sweet" (in addition to good),it is because we know that everything will be for the good. But we also ask that it be a"revealed" good -- i.e. one that tastes "sweet" to us.
We dip a piece of apple into (honey) andsay "May it be Your will, God, to renew us for a good and sweet new year.
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Why do we choose apples above other sweet fruits? Isaac blessed Jacob with the words: "The fragrance of my son is like thefragrance of a field which Hashem has blessed…" (Bereishis 27:27). The Talmud identifies this "field" as an apple orchard. (Taanis 29b, Biyur Hagra) Also, apples are not special fruits. They are found all over and are not expensive. We are using them as a sign of a sweet New Year to say we are grateful to Hashem for whatever he gives us . Even simple and ordinary things.
On a pomegranate we say: May it be Your will, Lord our God and God of our forbears, that our merits increase like the seeds of a pomegranateBy the way the AriZal says that oneShall Not eat purplegrapes on RoshHashanah.
There is also a custom to eat the head of a ram,sheep, cow, or fish to symbolize the wish that we may also be at the head and not the tail .
On carrots we say:May it be your will, Hashem our G-dand the G-d of our forefathers...that our merits increase. The meal may also include a dish containing carrots-since the Yiddish word for carrots, ,מערחיןcan also be translated to “multiply”. We ask Hashem to help us increase our mitzvot and good deeds and to multiply our people.
On the second night of Rosh Hashanah it iscustomary to wear a new garment or to have a new fruit on the table when saying the shehechiyanublessing. Thus, the shehechiyanu blessing applies not only to the holiday, but to the new garment or new fruit as well. (This is done in order to accommodate the minority of halachic authorities who rule that no shehechiyanu blessing be said on the second night of Rosh Hashanah.) (Taz 600:2)
There is an old Minhag to go a flowing body of water after Mincha of the first day (best with fish) and say certain Teffilot. We are symbolically throwing away our Aveirot. Of course, it is foolish to think you can rid sins by Both the body of water Also, the fact that shaking out your and the fish are fishs eyes never pockets. symbolic. In The close serve to Rather, the Jewish Gemara, Torah is remind us that, so approach is deep represented as water.too, Gods eyes (so introspection and Just as fish cant live to speak) never commitment to change without water, so too aclose; He knows of Jew cant live without our every move Torah! Indeed, the whole idea of "Tashlich" is partly to commemorate the Midrash that says when Avraham went to the Akeida (binding of Isaac), he had to cross through water up to his neck