Duality of Potential
Nest week, Monday night we will be celebrating the Hebrew New Year – ראש השנה, “Rosh Hashanah”.
This is the beginning of 5,782-nd year since the creation of the world!
There is a custom on the night of the Hebrew New Year to eat different symbolic foods – סימנים ‘SIMANIM-signs’, which resemble certain qualities, and with which we bless each other to be fulfilled for the New Year.
One of them is eating apples dipped in honey, and bless each other with:
יהי רצון מלפניך ה’ אלקינו ואלוקי אבותינו שתחדש עלינו שנה טובה ומתוקה
Y’HI RATZON MIL’FANEKHA ADONAI ELOHEINU VEI’LOHEI AVOTEINU SHE’T’CHADEISH ALEINU SHANAH TOVAH UM’TUKAH.
May it be Your will, Lord our God and God of our ancestors that you renew for us a good and sweet year.
Question: Why do we wish – שנה טובה ומתוקה
A good and a sweet year?
Isn’t it enough to wish just a “good year”, because “good” contains everything we could wish for, including “sweet”, etc.
Speaking about the concept of “good”, some life consequences might seem to us not really good at first sight, and in fact, they may appear to us as “bad”.
However, in retrospective those could eventually prove to us to be very good.
And, in the meanwhile, we may feel discouraged, frustrated and in despair… until we see the final outcome.
Therefore, by wishing a “good” and “sweet” year we want to be able to sense and feel the sweetness right away and all the way, not waiting long for the final outcome.
And why do we dip an apple in honey?
Well, first of all – it is very tasty!
But also, because it represents our heartfelt wishes for a sweet year, not only for ourselves and our families but also for all the people of Israel.
There is a verse in the “Song of Songs” (2:3)
כְּתַפּוּחַ בַּעֲצֵי הַיַּעַר כֵּן דּוֹדִי בֵּין הַבָּנִים
As an apple-tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among the sons.
What is so special about the apple-tree?
On most fruit trees the leaves appear before the fruit, thus providing a protective cover for the young fruit.
The apple, however, makes a preemptive move by appearing before the leaves.
The people of Israel are compared to an apple because we are willing to live out our Jewish lives even if this seems to leave us unprotected.
We have confidence that the Creator and his instructions could never mislead us.A bee can inflict pain by its sting, yet it also produces delicious honey.
This year most of us experienced pain after having been “stung” by a vaccine needle.
But, hopefully it has bettered our immune system and we will be better protected in the future.
Life has this same duality of potential.
We pray that our choices will result in a sweet and healthy year.
As was announced in our previous posts we will be moving to Semester-based courses starting Oct. 3, 2021
The discounted prices are still on at:
Very small group courses:
By now we have already answered most of our existing students’ questions.
For those, who need more info, please use the following link to book a short meeting:
Here is what Orly and I discussed regarding our new course structure on the ILTV news channel:
As the New Hebrew Year approaches, we wanted to announce a special gift for you, our special multimedia eBook “New Hebrew Year Customs”
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Wishing you and all of your loved ones:
שנה טובה, בריאה ומתוקה
Shanah Tovah, Be’riah U’Metukah.
Yoel & Orly
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