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Newsletter no. 42 October 2017

This past month:

Housewarming and Torah scroll welcoming ceremony:

At long last we held the housewarming celebration for the new community place. Guests from the USA, from the Masorti movement, neighboring Masorti communities and, of course, the community members all partook in the joyous celebration. 317 more words


My New Ritual

I began my day by writing in my new journal. It was my new, but very familiar, ritual. My notebook of choice is NOT fancy. I’d grabbed it a couple of weeks ago at the Dollar General store for $0.99. 337 more words

Rosh Hashanah: Tashlich

On the first day of Rosh Hashanah, the custom of tashlich is to throw bread into a body of water, casting your sins away. (When no natural body of water is available, a well or even a bucket has been known to do.) 79 more words


Southern Guide to Tashlich

Tashlich is an ancient symbolic ritual among Jews where we scatter crumbs from our pockets into a body of water with fish. As our friends below nibble it’s symbolizes parting ways with our sins. 314 more words

Pop Culture And Pop Food

Rosh Hashanah, Ha’azinu (Deut. 32:1-32:52), Shabbat Shuvah

Wednesday night is the start of Rosh Hashanah, signaling the beginning of the year 5778 (and Year Nineteen of Torah Portion Humor!  WOOHOO!!!) and of the Ten Days of Penitence that culminate with Yom Kippur.  1,494 more words


Cast your bread

Upon the waters–

Confess over it all the

Iniquities of the people

Of Israel–

Into the depths of the sea,

All our sins. 83 more words

A Meaningful Tashlich

We feel cleansed and ready for this new year. We visit a live body of water and recite a tefillah there.  This is the Tashlich ceremony. 295 more words

For Your Little One