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Monthly Archives: September 2013

YOM KIPPUR

Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the Jewish religion.  It is a day of reflection of the past year.  It is called the “Day of Atonement” where we atone for our sins and trespasses.  It is started by a huge dinner with all sorts of wonderful food.  Our family and friends were right by our sides.  Then, the following day is a fast day as we reflect on the past year. We had a visiting Rabbi who conducted services for us.  That lasted 2 hours. Then, we just hung around and talked for the rest of the day.  This was all followed by a huge dinner, or might I say feast, to break the fast.  We all ate so much we had to loosen our belts–well at least the men.  It was a very soul-searching time.

ROSH HASHANA

Today is the start of the Jewish New Year.  It lasts for 2 days as we celebrate a coming year of good health and wishes for all that you desire. It is marked by the sounding of the Shofar (horn).  There is an entire ceremony based around the Shofar where a Rabbi blows the horn in different rhythmic sequences.  We found this interesting as we had a visiting Rabbi come by.   We had family and friends over today to celebrate with us, having traditional Jewish faire. It was a joyful day full of smiles and laughter.

LABOR DAY

We had a grand day today.  Some of us took a morning trip down to the beach, bringing long hot cocoa and coffee.  It was nearly empty as we beat the crowd.  It started to get chilly, so we wimped out and came home.  As with most summer holidays, it was party time.  Only instead of  having a picnic, we had a nice buffet inside the cafeteria. All sorts of delicious dishes and the desserts were just wonderful.  Our families and friends came too. We had a nice relaxing day.  Cards, conversation, board games (I won at Scrabble) and television.  Personally, I stuffed myself twice and still went for more brownies.  I had to be carried by wheel barrel to my room.  All had a great time.