Sunday, September 29, 2019

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   by Reb Gutman Locks  


This New Year


      It is a custom to eat various "symbolic" foods on Rosh Hashana as signs as if to encourage good things to come in the New Year. Often, the foods' names will be similar to the benefit we seek. So, for instance, carrots in Hebrew (gezer) sounds like the Hebrew word (g'zar) "decree". So, eating them on Rosh Hashanah expresses our desire that Hashem nullify any negative decrees against us.

      Here is a very modern one in English:

     Take a piece of celery, put a raisin on it, wrap it with a piece of lettuce, and eat it at the meal on the first night of Rosh Hashanah.

     It expresses the wish, "Let us have a raise in salary." (got it?)

     May Hashem bless each of us with a healthy, happy, helpful, and holy New Year; a year filled with the awareness of Hashem's Presence; a year of picking up those around us, and seeing Hashem pick us up even further because of our love for Him and His creation. May we perform all of His mitzvas with genuine joy.

    Have a good and sweet year. 


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