Newsletter #31, 2015 Rosh HaShanah 5776 Celebration

rosh hashana grupoIn the Bet Januká community we celebrated the beginning of the Jewish New Year, Rosh HaShanah with the due joy and festivity, but also reflecting the duality of happiness and humility. velasWe began with the delicious, round challa, which symbolizes the circle of life, as well as the other special and sweet foods, all the meanwhile teaching their meaning to the younger ones present. We had the honor of receiving the Honorary Consul of Israel in Cádiz, Huelva and Extremadura, Salvador Pascual Sanchez-Gijon and his charming wife, Dña Mª del Mar Rozas Gonzalez. It was a true pleasure to share this celebration with them.
bendiciones2After a month of spiritual preparation, we all met in a happy but also solemn environment when it came time to sound the shofar. The shofar and its four calls remind us of our humbleness before Adonai and as we confront our own actions. The intention of the shofar is to wake our souls again from their slumber, and to remind us that among all the things in the world which we cannot change, we can change our own actions.bendiciones
In the afternoon of the first day of Rosh HaShana, we celebrated the Tashlich ceremony, symbolically throwing our transgressions to the sea in the Bay of Cádiz, to remind us of our actions, and to correct our errors, and thus refocus our direction for the New Year. As said in Micah 7:19, “God will take us back in love; God will cover up our iniquities, You will hurl all our sins into the depths of the sea.” With this ending, we should remember that we can do the same, one with the other between us all.
Shabbat Shalom! ~~~~~~~ Bet Januká


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