Rosh Hashanah: L'Shana Tova! and Open Thread

The Jewish High Holy Days begin at sunset with Rosh Hashanah, ushering in and celebrating a new year, 5771. They end in ten days, with Yom Kippur, a day of atonement and fasting, and a sunset "Break Fast" meal.

On the menu for many: Brisket, roast chicken, challah, matzo ball soup, gefilte fish, chopped liver and kugel. For dessert: sliced apples dipped in honey is traditional. And, of course, the blowing of the Shofar.

I have a brisket on the stove, it smells really good. Here's an overview of Rosh Hashanah's customs.

Update 7:54 pm MT: Shana Tova is the number #1 trending topic on Twitter. שנה טובה! A year of blessings, fulfillment, health and happiness to all.

This is an open thread, all topics welcome.

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    A big thanks... (5.00 / 3) (#1)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 06:17:23 PM EST
    ...to all of the wonderful people out on the front lines fighting the wildfire outside Boulder.  Could have been a lot worse without their selfless actions.  

    Still 5 people missing--hopefully they will all turn up safe and sound.  

    Wow... 5771 (5.00 / 1) (#10)
    by desertswine on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 10:46:19 PM EST
    How time flies!

    Sweet Jesus... (5.00 / 2) (#15)
    by kdog on Thu Sep 09, 2010 at 09:34:24 AM EST
    these are some nasty charges against US Soldiers occupying Afghanistan...sport killing, stealing hash from Afghans.  Sh&t like this makes me think we shouldn't let those tax cuts expire for the rich, in the hope we go totally busto and have to leave Afghanistan.

    And we're worried about some jerk in FLA burning korans and how it will affect relations with the muslim world?  I think we should be worried about the occupations myself...that's real fuel on the hate fire.

    Nice Wish (none / 0) (#17)
    by squeaky on Thu Sep 09, 2010 at 10:36:09 AM EST
    But the US will print money in order to continue its wars, after gutting Social Security, education $$, medicare and medicaid...etc..



    Too true... (none / 0) (#18)
    by kdog on Thu Sep 09, 2010 at 10:40:18 AM EST
    my friend...priorities anything & everything but straight.

    L'Shana Tova (none / 0) (#2)
    by fuzzyone on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 07:14:03 PM EST
    I've got two chickens cooking with my wife's grandmother's stuffing in em.  Tomorrow I'll be praying that the middle east peace talks work this time (hey if it were easy or likely why bother praying for it) and that President Obama will see the wisdom of doing more for those in need.  Nice speech I thought incidentally.

    And now the countdown to Yom Kippur (5.00 / 1) (#9)
    by Cream City on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 09:59:57 PM EST
    as I constantly remind my Jewish spouse.  As ever, I have been his helpmeet -- helpfully making up a long list for his annual day of atonement.

    I have been heard to suggest that he may need to get up early to get enough hours in that day. . . .


    Of course, it has never been the (none / 0) (#5)
    by oculus on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 08:25:38 PM EST
    Governor's job to defend laws and/or propositions.  It is the AG's job, unless he declines, which is very unusual.

    L' Shana Tova Tikatevu (none / 0) (#8)
    by squeaky on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 09:17:00 PM EST
    Good thing god invented bread crumbs...

    how to molest children (none / 0) (#11)
    by Capt Howdy on Thu Sep 09, 2010 at 09:10:16 AM EST
    A 170-page manual explaining step by step how to molest children  which police in Orange County, Fla., believe has been circulating there for months, is not illegal. Investigators have stated that they still want to know where it came from.

    The author uses an alias in the manual. He calls himself "the mule." Deputies believe whoever is responsible may have committed crimes against children.

    um, duh.

    repuiblicans know how to deal with (none / 0) (#12)
    by Capt Howdy on Thu Sep 09, 2010 at 09:12:23 AM EST
    the occasional LIEberman.

    Murkowski Likely to Lose Leadership Spot if Campaign Continues

    perhaps she will caucus with the dems.  

    no ordered defense of Prop 8 (none / 0) (#13)
    by Capt Howdy on Thu Sep 09, 2010 at 09:14:29 AM EST
    SAN FRANCISCO  -- The state Supreme Court refused to come to the aid of California's embattled ban on same-sex marriage Wednesday, denying a conservative group's request to order Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown to appeal a federal judge's ruling striking down the voter-approved measure.

    Admin needs to get in front on China green subsidy (none / 0) (#14)
    by vicndabx on Thu Sep 09, 2010 at 09:25:26 AM EST
    The United Steelworkers union plans to file a legal case with the Obama administration on Thursday, accusing China of violating World Trade Organization rules by subsidizing exports of clean energy equipment, the union's president and his advisers said.

    .....the union says it hopes to gain support for its case by injecting the trade issue into the autumn Congressional campaigns


    this sounds amazing (none / 0) (#16)
    by Capt Howdy on Thu Sep 09, 2010 at 09:35:55 AM EST
    Stephen King's `The Dark Tower' Feature Trilogy and TV Series Moving Forward with Ron Howard at the Helm

    According to Deadline, the format of the adaptation, which follows a knightly gunslinger's quest to find the Dark Tower in order to save humanity, will unfold as follows: It will kick off with a theatrical feature, followed then by a season of TV episodes. That season will transition into the second feature film. Once released, a second season of TV episodes will once again follow up that film, this time putting its focus on the lead character, Deschain, as "a young gunslinger" (the story behind which will be informed by Stephen King's prequel comic books). Lastly, a final film will round out the series, returning to the aged Deschain as he completes his journey.

    I was wondering how the hell they would make alllllll those books into something coherent.

    but I wish JJ was still directing.

    Awesome. (none / 0) (#24)
    by vicndabx on Thu Sep 09, 2010 at 12:16:15 PM EST
    The books, with the exception of the last (sadly,) were great.

    you mean the ending? (none / 0) (#25)
    by Capt Howdy on Thu Sep 09, 2010 at 01:06:46 PM EST
    or the whole book?  I liked them all.  even the ending.  I know that is not a universal opinion but I could hardly imagine it with any other ending.

    this has to be a frightening undertaking for everyone involved.  what a difficult thing to put on film!  what a fanatic fan base.  worse than Watchmen.  longer and harder to film at least.


    It's been a while since it read it (none / 0) (#30)
    by vicndabx on Thu Sep 09, 2010 at 03:10:13 PM EST
    but if I remember correctly, yeah the ending.  To be honest, I don't even remember the book clearly.  I do however remember the general "awww mannnnn" feeling the last book imprinted on my memory.

    Nonetheless, I am lookign forward to it.  Totally agree this is a huge undertaking.  I hope they do it right.  Reminds me of how I felt when I saw the preview for the first Transformers movie.  Something to look forward to for a kid that watched the original cartoon.

    dadachee?  dadachum?


    dadachee? dadachum? (none / 0) (#31)
    by Capt Howdy on Thu Sep 09, 2010 at 03:16:41 PM EST

    wow (none / 0) (#26)
    by CST on Thu Sep 09, 2010 at 01:20:46 PM EST
    what a cool and different format for an adaptation.  If it works, it might be a good way to go forward for other great series as well.  That's a big problem for those epic fantasies, there's just so much going on.  I thought the way they filmed Pillars of the Earth might work for a long series as well.  But Pillars is only one book.

    I've never really gotten into Stephen King, maybe because I haven't tried, and I'm not usually into horror, which is how he was known to me.  But this series sounds right up my alley, I'm kind of surprised I haven't heard of it.  Will probably go read the books now.  I've been looking for a new fantasy series.


    it is absolutely the best (none / 0) (#27)
    by Capt Howdy on Thu Sep 09, 2010 at 01:26:52 PM EST
    thing he has ever written.  I think he would agree.  it was started in the 70s and goes right through 9/11 incorporating the collapse of the twin towers into the story.

    I read the whole thing from start to finish of the seventh and wanted more.

    it is not horror.  it is fantasy.  and it is amazing.  how they are going to film it is a total mystery to me.  


    tip (none / 0) (#28)
    by Capt Howdy on Thu Sep 09, 2010 at 01:29:12 PM EST
    start with the first book.  The Gunslinger.  its short, and make sure you get the expanded edition of that particular book.  its still thin by King standards.

    if you are not hooked by the end you probably will not be by the rest.

    I just started Under the Dome.  his latest tomb.


    one other thing (none / 0) (#29)
    by Capt Howdy on Thu Sep 09, 2010 at 01:38:51 PM EST
    (dont get me started)

     King has described the series as his magnum opus. Besides the seven novels that compose the series proper, many of his other books relate to the story, introducing concepts and characters that come into play as the series progresses.

    this is really cool if you read a lot of King.  as I do.  many of his other books relate to this.  books that you had no idea could ever relate to it.  in the coolest ways imaginable.  he has worked references to this series into almost every other thing he has ever written.  which I am sure you know is a buttload.
    here is a brief and incomplete rundown of some of the other interconnections.

    and another from the King site


    Is it possible... (none / 0) (#19)
    by kdog on Thu Sep 09, 2010 at 10:50:37 AM EST
    for the states/counties to stiff the bond holders?  Who typically holds these type of bonds?

    I ask cuz I'm thinking if you were foolish enough to invest in bonds issued by the state of NJ, you were kinda asking to get screwed.  And I don't think it's fair to leave Joe and Jane Taxpayer holding the bag of sh*t...again.  Let the gamblers eat one for a change.

    from your food link (none / 0) (#20)
    by Capt Howdy on Thu Sep 09, 2010 at 11:05:28 AM EST
    It is also customary not to eat nuts on Rosh Hashanah, as the numerical value of the Hebrew word for nuts ("egoz") is the same as the Hebrew word for sin ("chet").

    I am pretty sure this could be worked into an anti tea party commercial somehow.

    F*ck (none / 0) (#21)
    by squeaky on Thu Sep 09, 2010 at 11:18:31 AM EST
    I need to get my hands on the list, as I am sure there are more words to avoid until after Yom Kippur....

    Wonder if there is an High Holiday equivalent to this..


    FDA... (none / 0) (#23)
    by kdog on Thu Sep 09, 2010 at 11:36:12 AM EST
    is actually cracking down on tea, or at least the touting of the anti-oxidant benefits of green tea by Lipton and others.  

    Coincidence or Obama-led plot to discredit tea, and by extension, the tea party?  

    You make the call:)


    Imam Rauf Op Ed (none / 0) (#22)
    by squeaky on Thu Sep 09, 2010 at 11:23:29 AM EST
    At Cordoba House, we envision shared space for community activities, like a swimming pool, classrooms and a play space for children. There will be separate prayer spaces for Muslims, Christians, Jews and men and women of other faiths. The center will also include a multifaith memorial dedicated to victims of the Sept. 11 attacks.


    Also this:

    Rauf says the reason he can't move the Islamic center now is because of national security concerns, saying parts of the Muslim world would be violently inflamed at the news of the center's relocation.

    "The headlines in the Muslim world will be that Islam is under attack... (there's) the danger of the radicals in the Muslim world to our national security, to the national security of our troops," he said.

    "If we do move," Rauf continued, "it will strengthen the argument of the radicals to recruit, their ability to recruit, and their increasing aggression and violence against our country."

    "If this is not handled correctly, this crisis could become much bigger than the Danish cartoon crisis, which resulted in attacks on Danish embassies in various parts of the Muslim world," Rauf said later. ".... If we don't handle this crisis correctly it could become something which could really become very, very, very dangerous indeed."