Ceremonies /
Sabbath
Greeting Shabbat in Rosh Hashana

Going to the Light/Ehud Banai

This path begins here

between the bank branch and the fountain

It's not paved, not always marked

This path begins here.

 

It crosses town

Goes up the mountain

Continues to the sea

Continues tomorrow as well

Cuts the air, between the houses

It's paved out to the light, to new life.

 

Walk on it, walk on it now

Angel birds from above

follow your steps

From far a light is turned on

Don't digress so you can get back.

 

This song begins here

Blue on a white page

Not complete, not always devised

This song begins here

 

It crosses town

Goes up the mountain

Continues to the sea

Continues tomorrow as well

Cuts the air, in between people

It's paved out to the light, to new life.

 

Walk on it...

 

We'll Pour Wine and Recite the Blessing 

We shall bless over the vine and the fruit of the vine, and the produce of the field, and over the delightful, good and expansive land, over the accomplishments of the passing year and the opening of the new year.

Let us hope it will be beautiful and different, a year of regeneration and growth, creativity and peace.

To life!

 

Based on the Shabbat blessing of Kfar Szold

 

(Narration) At the Moment /Vered Mosenson

At the moment

The new year

touches the heels of

the passing year –

the trees change their formation

to a tense stand at attention

and for a short moment

the world restores to a state of chaos

and the spirit of the Lord hovers

over the passing year

that is gone

Due to the hand of the new year

holding on to its heel,

trying to detain for a moment

the moment of truth

the minute it would take on

the responsibility

to everything that occurs

from now on.

 

It's an immense undertaking

to be a new year –

To commit to the chance,

to invalidate the terrible forecasts

that were predicted

by all those who experienced

misfortune in the previous year.

 

What a great responsibility

does the new year take upon itself

in the moment

it lets go

the heels of the previous year

and allows it to disappear

and to leave it entirely alone

On Rosh Hashanah

Lyrics and Music: Naomi Shemer

 

On Rosh Hashana, on Rosh Hashana 
A rose blossomed in my garden 
On Rosh Hashana a white boat 
Docked at the beach all of a sudden

 

On Rosh Hashana, on Rosh Hashana 
Our hearts answered in an old prayer 
That this year will be beautiful and different 
Which begins today

 

On Rosh Hashana, on Rosh Hashana 
A cloud bloomed in the autumn sky 
Rosh Hashana is a violinist of the soul 
A squill flower turns on in the field

 

On Rosh Hashana, on Rosh Hashana...

 

On Rosh Hashana, on Rosh Hashana...

A melody bloomed, that no one knew 
And within 24 hours the song was heard 
From all the city windows

 

On Rosh Hashana, on Rosh Hashana...

 

Dip a piece of apple in honey and recite the blessing 

May it be the will that a sweet and good year be renewed upon us from the beginning until the end of the year.  

The Twelve Months

Lyrics and Music: Naomi Shemer

 

In Tishrei the palm tree gave
a cute dark brown fruit.
in Cheshvan the first rain fell
and danced on my roof.
In Kislev a narcissus appeared
in Tevet - hail,
and in Shevat the sun broke through
for one day.
In Adar a fragrance rose
from the orchards.
In Nisan all the sickles
were strongly wielded.
In Iyar - everything grew,
in Sivan - ripening.
In Tamuz & Av we rejoiced
after the harvest.
Tishrei, Cheshvan, Kislev, Tevet,
passed, went by in a rush.
Also Shevat, Adar, Nisan, Iyar,
Sivan, Tamuz and Av.
And in the coming of Elul to us
the fragrance of autumn rose,
and we began our song
from the beginning...

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