Start What to expect when dating a jewish man

What to expect when dating a jewish man

This is done on both mornings of Rosh Hashanah, unless the first morning falls on Shabbat, or Sabbath, in which case the shofar is blown on one day only.

That the worship of Yahweh survived — through first Judaism and then Christianity — is something of a historical miracle.

But the Israelites were able to hold on to their traditions and beliefs, sometimes through insularity (the Hebrew Bible is full of passages condemning people who worshipped other cultures’ gods) but sometimes through compromise.

As Michaelson writes, “[T]he very occasion of the ‘Jewish New Year’ is a result of the Jews’ experiences as immigrants to Babylonian society, and their blending of Jewish and Babylonian traditions.

Ancient Judaism was not nearly as insular and fearful of ‘foreign’ influences as some Biblical texts suggest.” One of the most recognizable indications of the Rosh Hashanah celebrations is the repeated blowing of the shofar, or horn, at the synagogue to herald the coming of the new year.

For many secular Jews, the period is an opportunity to reconnect with family members or get in touch with cultural traditions — they’re by far the best-attended holidays at most synagogues.

But the theological import of the holiday and the different ways it has changed or solidified over time can tell us a lot about the development of Jewish culture and values: the story of a group of people for whom the tension between assimilation and preserving tradition has long been a major part of their culture.

Families also celebrate by lighting candles at home, and by eating a traditional Rosh Hashanah meal, which usually includes apples and honey: sweet foods to welcome the sweetness of the year ahead.

Additional common foods served on the holiday include the head of either a ram or a fish (reflecting a proverbial injunction to be “the head and not the tail”), pomegranate seeds, and a round challah bread, the circle reflecting the eternity of life.

If a population was taken over or defeated in battle, their gods were often wiped out from history or, alternatively, would become combined in pantheons with the gods of the conquerors.

(Fun fact: In some areas where there was Canaanite/Israelite overlap, Asherah was worshipped as Yahweh’s wife.) So when most Israelites were exiled to Babylon after being conquered by King Nebuchadnezzar in the late sixth century BCE, it would stand to reason that Yahweh would have vanished from history, just as, ultimately, Baal and Marduk did.

(Some scholars have also interpreted the Kol Nidre as a preemptive strike against the common medieval practice of forced conversion to Christianity or Islam, although the Kol Nidre seems to predate such practices.) Throughout history, however, the Kol Nidre has been somewhat controversial.