9/11 on Blogs I Read

– Jack posts about 9/11 and memories.

– A Simple Jew has put up a painting by Shoshannah Brombacher. Scroll down the page a little to see it.

– Phyllis suggests 13 ways to commemorate 9/11.

– SuperRaizy posts a photo for us to remember.

– Jew in the Suburbs has put up a poem she wrote soon after the event.

Jew Wishes remembers hat she was doing that day and links to a book and articles.

– Leora is not sure whether she wants to post about 9/11.

Apple and Honey

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… for a sweet year.

On Rosh Hashanah evening the home ritual is as follows:
– candle lighting with the holiday blessing
– Rosh Hashanah Evening Kiddush
– Shehecheyanu
– Apples and Honey

The apple is dipped in honey, the blessing for eating tree fruits is recited, the apple is tasted, and then the apples and honey prayer is recited:

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Take a bite from the apple dipped in honey, then continue with the following:

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Blessed are you, Lord, our God, king of the universe
who creates the fruit of the tree. (Amen)
May it be Your will, Lord our God and God of our ancestors
that you renew for us a good and sweet year.

Why an apple?
According to our tradition, an apple has all the qualities of a fruit:
– a beautiful appearance
– a sweet fragrance
– a lovely taste

By reciting a blessing over an apple, we ask God to be blessed with the three essential gift a human being can hope for:
– respectful children
– a long life
– essential food

For more information about Rosh Hashanah, visit Leora’s blog and read about its symbols and then look at the watercolor.

Thursday Challenge

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The rules:
Thursday Challenge is a place for photographic fun and learning. A theme is announced on this site each week. You may either take a new photograph related in some way to the theme or select one that you have taken previously; Then submit your single permanent link here.

This week’s challenge:
SCHOOL (Students, Campus, School Building, Backpacks, School Supplies, Desks, Books,…)