Preparing for Rosh Hashanah

Students ready for the beginning of the school year at Be’er Hagolah Institute

Students ready for the beginning of the school year at Be’er Hagolah
Institute

By Pamela Stern

The Be’er Hagolah Institute, located at 671 Louisiana Ave, is not only starting a new school year (on September 9th) but also will be preparing the students for Rosh Hashanah, which is the Jewish New Year. The Jewish New Year is the start of the “High Holy Days.” This year Rosh Hashanah’s numeral year is 5776. In preparation for the High Holy Days students in the Be’er Hagolah Institute (depending on what grade they are in) will be creating many different things to take home to their families for the New Year.

These children are reading the prayer books that they designed themselves.

These children are reading the
prayer books that they designed
themselves.

Some children will be preparing New Year’s cards for their family and friends, while other students will be designing their very own prayer books. Other classes will be designing and assembling baskets with Mosaic designs on the outside of the basket and will fill the baskets with customary items that are served with the Rosh Hashanah dinner. These baskets will contain a piece of a head of a fish (This will be cooked in the class by the teacher, for students to take home.), carrots, dates, apples, honey and a pomegranate for a “sweet new year.”

Children will hear the shofar blown, which is customary on Rosh Hashanah, and they will also have a chance to blow the shofar themselves. The Shofar is a symbol of Rosh Hashanah, which is made from a ram’s horn. The shofar is blown four times on Rosh Hashanah, in a specific order: tekiah, shvarim, teruah, and tekiah gedolah.

What are the four sounds that are heard when the shofar is blown?

Children show off the honey dishes that they made for Rosh Hashanah.

Children show off the honey dishes that they made for Rosh Hashanah.

Each one of these sounds lasts approximately three seconds with the exception of the tekiah gedolah. What are the four sounds that are heard when the shofar is blown? The four sounds are: tekiah is a straight , unbroken blast, shevarim (which means “broken ones”), is a tekiah broken into three onesecond segments, teruah is a staccato division of the tekiah into nine rapid fire notes, while tekiah gedolah is a triple tekiah, lasting nine seconds. It is not very easy to blow the shofar.

Older students at the Be’er Hagolah Institute, following the teachings that the world stands on three things; studying the Torah, Avoda (saying prayers), and Gemilus Chasadim (which means being kind to one another anddoing acts of kindness) are studying the Torah diligently, concentrating on their prayers, being kind to one another and doing acts of kindness such as visiting seniors in nursing homes and in hospitals.

The students, faculty and staff at Be’er Hagolah Institute join in wishing everyone L’Shana Tova Tikoseivu which means May you be inscribed for a good New Year!

Photos are courtesy of: Be’er Hagolah Institute