What an inspired way to ring in the New Year for the Jewish community, on the eve of Rosh Hashanah! I just came across particularly unusual video purely by accident and it came as an unexpected surprise! Break dancers, moonwalkers, singers and a rocking Rabbi jamming together to Daft Punk for Rosh Hashanah!
You can view the video here:
The remix, entitled “Get Clarity,” is a celebration of the end of one cycle and the beginning of a fresh new one, for the new year. The video was published at the end of August by Aish.com, which claims to be the world’s largest Jewish content website, focusing on areas such as “career, dating, parenting, spirituality, Israel events,” and literally covers every pastoral need in “offering wisdom for living for the modern world,” according to the website.
The “sophisticated” website is also a 3-time winner of USA Today’s Hot Site Award and has been hailed by New York Jewish Week columnist, James Besser, as:
“The supersite, reacting to the blinding speed of changes on the web, [that] produces results that will turn most other Jewish content providers green with envy…”
The site also explains how a significant element in the preparation of Rosh Hashanah is to ask for forgiveness from anyone that could have wronged another over the course of the year. The idea being that in order to begin with a “clean slate,” one must clear the decks to start afresh, free from anyone holding any grudges against another. In the same way, the individual seeking forgiveness must also be willing to forgive any wrongdoings against them.
The next stage would be to go to a mikveh (gathering or pool of water) for the cleansing of the spirit, or visit a cemetery to pray to God at the graves of righteous people. Following that, on the morning before Rosh Hashanah, any vows are annulled. This can be done by standing before 3 male adults and asking to be freed of one’s vows.
The symbolic food used during the “High Holidays” is a round challah (a bread), which signifies completion. A blessing is made and the bread is dipped in honey, which symbolizes a prayer for a sweet new year. Following that, an apple is then dipped in the honey and blessed as one prays for God to renew one for a good and sweet new year. Other symbolic foods include beetroot, leeks, dates, pomegranate and sheep head or fish and hold their own symbolic meanings.
It is customary to wish a sweet new year to everyone at Rosh Hashanah, which is why President Obama did so over his conference call with 1,000 Rabbis on Friday.
The UK Prime Minister, David Cameron also made a special video-recorded Rosh Hashanah message for the Jewish community of Britain, while thanking them for all they have contributed to the country and also wishing for peace in Israel and the Middle East.
Last of the Ethiopian Jews ‘Come Home’
It was also announced today that over the course of the past Jewish calendar, Israel’s population has reached just over 8 million on the eve of Rosh Hashanah, making up 75 percent of the population in Israel, over 21 percent of Arabs in the state. This is a figure that has grown since Israel has flown in the last of the Jewish community from Ethiopia.
Theories are being argued as to the origin of the Ethiopian Jews, some posturing that they are the offspring of the Jewish King Solomon and Ethiopian Queen of Sheba, who existed a millennium before Jesus Christ. Others are arguing that they had fled from Jerusalem amid the Roman wars at approximately 500 B.C.
Under the official program by the Israeli government, they are eligible for citizenship and saw to it that Israel took in the immigrants. But many Ethiopians were left behind, as due to anti-Semitism in Ethiopia, some of the Jews had to convert to Christianity to literally save their own lives. A minister for the department, Sofa Landver, in charge of bringing them in made a welcome speech, saying, “After thousands of years of prayers and hopes, you are here at home.”
But I never thought I would see the day when a Rabbi rocked it to Daft Punk on the eve of Rosh Hashanah!
Written by: Brucella Newman