Sunday, September 16, 2012

Rosh Hoshanah: A Honey of a Holiday

Rosh Hashanah Book
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 Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
Bees are buzzing around apple trees.
limbs like outstretched arms,
blossoms like open hands.

The bees pollinate the apple blossoms
returning to the hive to make honey.
symbolizing the sweet promise
of a better year

Jewish families dip slices of apple into honey,
beginning of ten days of reflection,
concluding with the ritual atonement
of Yom Kippur. 

The Jewish New Year is focused on others;
making resolutions to help the less fortunate,
improving relationships with friends, relatives,
and God. 

Rosh Hoshanah is about learning to live
Rosh Hashanah Readings
like the bees do in their colony, 
working together, sharing tasks,
helping others. 

Party like it is 5773 because the year is 5773 according to the Jewish calendar.  The New Year begins tonight Sunday September 16 at showdown with the blowing of the shofar, the rams horn.

© 2012 Catherine Giordano

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Update for 2015

This year Rosh Hashanah falls on September 13. To learn more about honey and honey bees click the links below.