Entries tagged with “Rosh Hashanah”.

The traditional Rosh Hashanah posting on The Catcher in the Sand is dedicated this year to the shofar. Jews are (among other things) a nation of musicians and they have been so since the oldest times. King David is said to have introduced music in the religious rituals and some of the oldest musical instruments have their origin in the land of Israel or around. None of them however is that much related to the Jewish holidays and specifically to the New Year and Yom Kippur as the shofar.


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sursa imaginii http://www.jewlicious.com/2011/08/shofar-its-that-time-of-the-year/


The shofar is a traditionally made of the ram’s horn. The sound is modulated using the blower’s lips. I have no personal experience, but it looks like it takes both strength and skills to create meaningful sounds. It is mentioned many times in the Bible, the first time in the Book of Exodus, around Mount Sinai.


(video source G-dcast – Meaningful Jewish Screentime)


Let us first remember the significance of Rosh HaShana, the Jewish New Year and the role of the shofar. Today it announces the start of the High Holidays in the synagogue services.


(video source James Barbarossa)


There are four traditional Jewish shofar calls or blasts. Here they are explained by Jim Barbarossa, whose trip in Israel in 1996 triggered the passion for the instrument, which now he masters to the point he is surnamed The Shofar Man.


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Here is how actually the shofar sounds during the Rosh HaShannah service in a synagogue.


(video source Meira Warshauer)


The usage of the shofar is not limited however to the Jewish religious services. Musicians took the instrument, experimented, and created in different musical genres. Here is an excerpt (#2) from Tekeeyah (a call), Concerto for Shofar, Trombone, and Orchestra by Meira Warshauer. (Copyright Meira Warshauer 2009)


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Lighter genres did not avoid the shofar either. Here is Phil Driscol playing the shofar in a trumpet style.


(video source George Payne)


Closing the cycle here is Randy Spencer playing the instrument in a spiritual, world music genre.


(video source Thewhatsupband)


To end with here is a Rosh Hashanah parody song ‘Blow Shofar’ by The Shlomones. There is little shofar sound here, but a lot of talk about it.


Shana Tova! A Good Year, with good health and sweetness in your lives!

Since I started The Catcher in the Sand I use to mark the Jewish holidays with postings that relate one way or another with the occasion. I decided this time to mark Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year with a posting dedicated to the New Year meal. A joke says that Jews gather on holidays to commemorate the miseries of their past and eat for their remembrance. They may be some truth in the joke, although the New Year does not mark any painful moment in history, excepting the case you believe the Creation was such a moment :-)

I am starting early this year, there is one week left until Rosh Hashanah, but I am going on a vacation starting with tomorrow and I will not have time to deal with the blog, and I need to leave you time to do shopping, learn the recipes, maybe exercise.


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Our Rosh Hashanah meal always starts with apples and honey for a sweet new year to come.


(video source JSpace Food)


Rosh Hashanah and Passover are probably the two big eating moments in the festive Jewish calendar. There are a number of shared dishes, but challah (bread for Shabat and other holidays) is certainly not one of them, as it is forbidden during the Passover week. So here is a recipe to prepare round challah.


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On the other hand gefilte fish is the one dish that seems to work well on any Jewish holiday table.  I will not reveal the recipe of Liliana, this is a family secret even I do not know, but the one above may come second best.


(video source Joy Kosher)


What about a Warm Salmon Salad?


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Chicken and Apples seem a good combination for the the first meaty dish of the evening, combining poultry with the sweet flavors of the holiday. Here is the recipe.


(video source joyofkosher)


Serious meat eaters may have their treat with a treat of ribs.


Wine is part of the pleasure of the Jewish holiday meal. If you want to be on the traditional side and pick a kosher wine try to look at the list of the Top 50 Kosher Wines in the World.


(video source Allie’s Kitchen)


A honey cake seems to me the best way to end the meal. Here is one from Allie’s Kitchen.


I hope that those of you who will use the recipes will find those useful. Use them or not, have a great Rosh HaShanah meal and a great time together with your families.

Shanah Tova! A Happy New Year!


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5773 years ago the world was created (and it will not end when the Mayans stop counting!). In the tradition of The Catcher in the Sand here are some of the best pieces of music and humor created around or about the holiday that I found recently on the Internet. Enjoy!


(video source Technion)


First comes a dance of the robots created by students and researchers at the Technion in Haifa.


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The Fountainheads in Ein Prat launched a new parody dedicated to the New Year.


(video source Maccabeats Videos)


The Maccabeats sent their holiday card


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The cantor Shmuel Levin performs “B’rosh Hashanna Yikatevun” by Eli Yaffe, recorded live on September 6th 2012 at the Adath Israel Congregation, Montreal


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The Muppets also celebrate Rosh Hashannah…


(video source Aish.fr)


… and so do rockers and rappers – here is Aish.fr in reggae style.


(video source Thewhatsupband)


Here is arguably The World’s Greatest Jewish Rock Band; The Shlomones are back with their classic parody “Blow Shofar”.


To all my friends and readers of The Catcher in the Sand - A Good Year, a year of peace, good health, joy and happy events.

Shana Tova!

Here we are, on the eve of the Jewish New Year or Rosh HaShana. The Year we enter in this evening is 5772.


source http://torahmusings.com/2011/09/weekly-freebies-rosh-hashanah-books/


The coming of the holiday is announced by the sound of the shofar, which is traditionally a ram horn.


source http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:AlphonseL%C3%A9vy_Shofar.jpg


Alsacian painter Alphonse Levy shows how it was blown in Europe in the 19th century …


(video source LowellSun)

… and here we have a clip filmed in a Reform synagogue in the US nowadays, we can hear its sound as well.


source http://www.life123.com/holidays/jewish-holidays/rosh-hashanah/guide-to-rosh-hashanah.shtml


As with any Jewish holiday we have food associated. Honey is the main theme of Rosh HaShana with the wish that the next year will be sweet as honey is. We will eat our honey this evening with home made bread prepared by our beautiful daughter-in-law …


(video source MendyTV)


… but some prefer it with apple as we can see in the clip above.


Shana Tova!



Rosh HaShana – the Jewish New Year is celebrated starting with this Wednesday evening.

(video source TheSpeedyMedia)

First, here are some basics about the holiday…


(video source birthrightisrael)

… and a less conventional way to celebrate using animation and rap music …

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… and the shofar blown in an unexpected place …


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… and in more traditional one, in one of the few Yiddish films ever made, staring the great cantor Moyshe Oysher …

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… and for the end – apples and honey for a traditional wish for a sweet New Year!

SHANA TOVA – A Happy New Year, with Peace for Israel and for the whole world, with good health, friendship and joy for everybody!