Peaches Prattlings

{October 3, 2016}   The sound of the shofar and Tashlich

L’Shana Tova. 

This morning we went to Rosh Hashanah services that were more kid friendly, a lot of singing, guitar, prayer and joy. The nice thing about the kid friendly service is that it really is kid friendly.  It’s about 1.5 hours, easy for kids to sit through and the rabbi really knows how to talk and preach to children as well as adults. 

One of my favorite things about the High Holy services is the blowing of the shofar. It is used to announce the holidays, especially Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, signaling the end of the fast. 

It is not easy to play the shofar and so impressive to hear.  People practice months and years to prefect it. They bring the little kids that are in babysitting in to the sanctuary to hear the shofar being blown.  The rabbi even said “the cute level in the room just went up, it must be time for the blowing of the shofar”.

After services, we went to LS’ house for lunch, it was a dairy meal, so there was no meat, no worries for me! It was great to all be together, a lot of the same people that were with us at GES’ yesterday. It was a nice afternoon spent with friends, family, laughter, good times and good food.  We know how to celebrate. 

After we went back home, we went to a park to perform Tashlich, the act of casting our sins away. We gathered, recited and sang prayers, took bread and each piece we cast into the water was casting our sins away, a beautiful tradition.  The final prayer was followed by the blowing of the shofar. Anyone who wanted to blow the shofar was invited to. I recorded it, I hope you enjoy it as much as we did. 

Then it was apples and honey for everyone for a sweet year. I wish you nothing less. 

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