In class we have been getting ready for Rosh Hashanah. We focused on the following:
Getting ready for Rosh Hashanah:
What do we prepare to get ready for Rosh Hashana and why?
Apples in honey – for a year sweet as honey
Shana Tova cards – we wish friends and family a good year
Round Challot – for a good year all year long
Machzor – because it has all the prayers for Rosh Hashana
Pomegranate – the many seeds remind us of a year of many good deeds
All these things are important but most important is to do Teshuva.
How do you do Teshuva?
- Think about what we did wrong
- Ask Slicha (forgiveness) from friends and family
- We do a lot of good deeds
We bring in Rosh Hashanah with the lighting of the Rosh Hashanah candles. These are the brachot we say:
בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה ה’ אֱלֹקֵינוּ מֶֽלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם אֲשֶׁר קִדְשָׁנוּ בְּמִצְוֹתָיו וְצִוָנוּ לְהַדְלִיק נֵר שֶׁל יוֹם הַזִכָּרוֹן.
Baruch Atta Ado-nai E-lo-hei-nu Melech Ha’olam Asher Kideshanu Bemitzvotav Vetzvivanu Lehadlik Ner Shel Yom Hazikaron.
בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה ה’ אֱלֹקֵינוּ מֶֽלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם שֶׁהֶחֱיָנוּ וְקִיְּמָנוּ וְהִגִּיעָנוּ לִזְּמַן הַזֶּה.
Baruch Atta Ado-nai E-lo-hei-nu Melech Ha’olam Shehecheyanu Vekiyimanu Vehigi’anu Lizman Hazeh
The mitzvah in the Torah for Rosh Hashanah is to listen to the shofar.
The sounds of the Shofar are Teki’a, Shevarim and Terua, we finish off with a Teki’a Gedolah!
The bracha to say when we listen to the shofar is:
Baruch Atta Hashem Ellokeinu Melech Ha’olam, Asher Kideshanu Bemitzvotav Vetzivanu Lishmo’a Kol Shofar.
May we all be inscribed and sealed for a Shana Tova Umetuka – a good and sweet year!