Sunday, October 2, 2016

Happy Jewish New Year: Rosh Hashanah

 Sheldon S., Ashley Wells, Dhr. Seven, Wisdom Quarterly;
Don't go near that tree, kids. - Why, Father? - Just don't. I command you! (Family Guy)

What is Rosh Hashanah? 
We're Jewish? - I guess so. Want to go...?
The anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve, a day of judgment and coronation, the sounding of the shofar... 

What?!: Rosh Hashanah is the birthday of the universe, the day G‑d created Adam and Eve, and it’s celebrated as the head of the Jewish year [New Year's]. 

When: The first two days of the Jewish year, Tishrei 1 and 2, beginning at sundown on the eve of Tishrei 1 (see this year’s date). 

How: Candle lighting in the evenings, festive meals with sweet delicacies during the night and day, prayer services that include the sounding of the ram’s horn (shofar) on both mornings, and desisting from creative work.

Why Rosh Hashanah Is Important... More
Yet another Buddhist JOKE
An old woman boards a plane at JFK International, flies to India, is taxied up into the Himalayas via Nepal over the border onto the Tibetan Plateau of China, where she joins a caravan to the great Buddhist monastery at Lhasa.

I'll be home soon.
When she arrives, she climbs the small hill to the large wooden door of the temple and pounds on it. After some time, a small hole opens. "I want to see the lama!" she cries, "I want to see the lama!"

The door creaks open slowly as incense smoke wafts out. A monk informs her that he is in meditation and not taking visitors. She retorts, "I'll wait!" The monk offers her some rice cakes and a mat to sit on. And after a long time, a bell rings, and the lama steps forward from behind a curtain with attendants bowing at his feet grasping the hem of his robes. The woman stands up, looks him square in the eye, and says, "Sheldon, enough!"

"The Jewel in the Lotus": Om mani padme hum 
(ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal) The Jew in the Lotus 25th Anniversary Retrospective

Judaism may not be one's real religion, but it might well be one's cultural inheritance and baggage, whereas Buddhism might be one's religion or at least one's chosen spiritual and ethical path, as we learn in The Jew in the Lotus by Rodger Kamenetz.

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