~FROM THE DESK OF~

RABBI ANTHONY KNOPF

 
 
  • Rabbi Anthony Knopf

From the Desk - Rosh Hashana


Shalom Friends, So here we are, the time has arrived for the High Holy Days at Congregation Beth Ora. I’m so excited to see everyone together and look forward to meeting those of you whom I haven’t yet met. It promises to be a very special holiday period for the Beth Ora family. Announcements Wishing Margaret Katz Davidovics a very happy 90th birthday! Wishing Debbie and Michael Smith and Miriam and Sam Smith, Mazel Tov on the birth of their granddaughter/great-granddaughter, Sarah Pearl. Congratulations to the parents, Malie and Benjamin Smith. Facebook - We are happy to announce that we recently went live with our new Facebook page. Click here to visit us and LIKE our page to stay informed. Below, please find some guidelines for Rosh Hashana. Those interested in learning more can check out this guide to Rosh Hashana. The Day Before Rosh Hashana On the day before Rosh Hashana, it is recommended to set aside some time for introspection and thinking about the year ahead. It is also an appropriate time to ask forgiveness from those we have harmed or offended and also for giving charity. The First Night of Rosh Hashana There is a custom to eat certain foods that are reminiscent of blessings with the hope that they should be signs for a good year. Among these foods are dates, apples dipped in honey, pomegranates, leek, carrots, beets and fish. Rosh Hashana Prayers It’s worth noting that, strictly speaking, it is not required that one stand when the ark is open unless the Sefer Torah is taken out. Nevertheless, there is a mitzvah to stand if one is able and this is the prevalent custom. There are a lot of formal prayers over Rosh Hashana so it’s also worthwhile to mention that it’s permissible to insert your own private prayers at the end of the Amidah. The Shofar When one hears the Shofar, one should (in addition to realizing that one is fulfilling a mitzvah) think about regretting one’s mistakes and resolving to improve. If a man cannot remain in shul for all one hundred sounds, he should try to hear the thirty sounds which are blown before Mussaf or the 30 blown during the repetition of the amidah. Strictly speaking, women are not obligated but the custom is for women to make every effort to hear at least 30 sounds. Rosh Hashana Afternoon There is a custom to perform tashlich on this afternoon. We go to a river and recite certain prayers. In the olden days, it was customary to crown a new king by the river as a symbol that his kingship should continue like the river. On Rosh Hashana, our awe for G-d is such that we relate to Him like a King. There is no obligation to recite tashlich but it is a widespread custom. It is preferable to do tashlich by a river that has fish. The eyes of fish are constantly open which is an allusion to Divine providence. If the river has no fish, tashlich may still be said there. If there is no river at all in the area, one may go to any natural body of water. If one cannot find a natural body of water, one can even say it by an aquarium or container of water. Tashlich may be said after sunset but should be said before nightfall. If you miss the first afternoon of Rosh Hashana, it can still be said until Yom Kippur or even until Shemini Atzeret according to some opinions. Wishing you all a Shabbat Shalom, Rabbi Anthony and Carly Knopf Dovid, Rachelli, Yehuda and Avrami

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