Today is January 22, 2021 /
In previous years, the days would be full of various experiences: being at the Center with t’fila, speeches and hallway conversations, as well as family meals, time with friends and tashlikh to name a few. Each of these also have multiple facets creating dynamic and rich interactions, and we may feel a sense of loss for them. 5781 forces us to create our own moments while we are together with family. To assist in owning the sacred time, the Jacksonville Jewish Center is happy to provide multiple ways to making the Rosh Hashanah moments matter. We invite you and your family to create moments of blessing, shofar, conversation, reflection, improvement and more. This page will be updated with more resources for you.
For a schedule of services, click here for the extensive list of t’fila opportunities organized through the Jacksonville Jewish Center.
Our friends at PJ Library have compiled a 50 page guide to help you celebrate Rosh Hashanah as a family. (The guide is accessible, don’t let the page count frighten you.) In classic PJ fashion the guide contains activities, guides for rituals, new ideas and illustrations to help us engage in Rosh Hashanah. Please visit https://pjlibrary.org/highholidays for this amazing resource.
Today, many families send Rosh Hashanah cards showing how much the family has grown over the past year. Before the era of personalization, the tradition of sending well wishes and cards was a staple in the Jewish community. The iCenter has a large collection of Rosh Hashanah cards from Israel’s history. The artwork reflects the changing landscape and technology of Israel. Check them out.
For us, let’s send Rosh Hashanah greetings the 21st Century way with family Shanah Tovah Selfies. It’s really easy, here are the three steps.
Our community Mahzor is full of learning in addition to being a guide for prayer. When you open the mahzor, you’ll find the Hebrew and English prayers near the center of the page. In the right margin, you’ll find detailed explanations of the prayers, sometimes focusing on a word, phrase or the entire prayer. In the left margin, you’ll find stories, ideas and other inspirational concepts that expand upon the prayers. These will help you develop an intention themed appropriately to the section.
Rabbi Lubliner created this Simana Milta (“Omens of Things”) as way for us to think about some of the symbolic foods we eat on Rosh Hashanah. These foods are part of our food experience in two ways: a seder and recipes.
In the seder, similar to Passover, we arrange the foods eating each one in turn reciting a “Y’hi ratzon…” or wish for the year based on the food. We hold the apple dipped in honey and recite that the coming year be “good and sweet.”
Alternatively, these foods can be incorporated into the menu of the Rosh Hashanah meals. Have you ever wondered why tzimis is a Rosh Hashanah favorite? The Yiddish word for carrots is “merin” which is similar to “mer” meaning “more” or “plentiful,” so we hope that this year will be a prosperous one.
In this way, we truly hope that “we are what we eat.”
Rabbi Lubliner’s work can found found here: https://www.jaxjewishcenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Contemporary-simana-milta.pdf.
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