|Honey in Jerusalem's Machane Yehuda open-air shuk,|
adding sweetness for the New Year
Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, falls on Tishrei 1 and 2 in the Hebrew calendar. In 2014, it begins Wednesday evening, September 24, and concludes Friday evening, September 26.
Let the [Jewish] New Year and its blessings start | תָּחֵל שָׁנָה וּבִרְכוֹתֶיהָ | Takhel shana u-virkhote-ha*. The word Shana in Hebrew comes from the word li-shnot (to repeat) but it also sounds like le-shanot (to change). I think that's the main idea every Rosh Hashanah: it's our chance either to repeat our mistakes or to change, and to keep the good or let it go. I hope your New Year will be filled with good choices.
Shana Tova 5768
* From אָחוֹת קְטַנָּה | Akhot Ktana | Little Sister. In this 13th century piyyut (Jewish liturgical poem) by Abraham Hazzan of Gerona (Girondi), Spain, each verse ends with a one-line chorus: Let the year end with all its curses | תִּכְלֶה שָׁנָה וְקִלְלוֹתֶיהָ | Tikhleh shana ve-killeloteha! The last line concludes: Let the new year and its blessings start | תָּחֵל שָׁנָה וּבִרְכוֹתֶיהָ | Takhel shana u-virkhote-ha!
I first published this post September 12, 2007.
- "Have you a sweet year"
- Shanah Tovah! Country on a String
- L'Shanah Tovah, Happy New Year 5768: On this day, the world was conceived.
- L'Shanah Tovah, Have a Happy New Year 5767: Clean the slate and move on.