One of the customary main parts of Rosh Hashanah is dipping the apple in the honey so that we should have a Happy Sweet New Year. I was never able to bring myself to eat honey when it’s in clear sight, so I always just eat the apple, but then I miss out on saying the Yehi Ratzon.
My best new fruit to eat is the Sabra, it’s sweet and easy to eat. The Rimon tastes very good too, just there are so many pits to spit out that it can get annoying. I have never tasted dates. So I don’t really end up eating all the Simonim.
This Shabbos Shuva, I heard a Shabbos Shuva Drasha that was great. There were a lot of points made. But there were 2 main ones that caught my attention.
- A lot of people these days are doing Jewish actions only because everyone else is, and it’s their way of joining the club, they feel no real connection to what they are doing, they don’t know the reason behind these actions. This struck me as very true, we have to start learning why we are doing what we are doing, it shouldn’t just be because that’s what gets us membership into that community.
- The Jewish way of life is really beautiful. There are so many mitzvos of where we have to do Hiddur Mitzvos. We make beautiful succah decorations, we buy beautiful esrogim. The Bais Hamikdosh itself was made of gold and silver and beautiful curtains. All Yom Tovim involve such beautiful meals and singing. We have to remind ourselves of the beauty of Yiddishkeit. Besides for the Mitzvos which we have to do, we look at the mitzvos that make us love being a Jew.
Great article worth reading about Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.