The Feast of Trumpets


In the seventh month, on the first of the month, there shall be a sabbath for you, a remembrance with shofar blasts, a holy convocation.

Leviticus 16:24
*שנה טובה ומתוקה


Many of my friends are celebrating Rosh Hashanah and the beginning of the year 5776 of the Jewish calendar with that holy convocation, dipping their apples into the honey and wishing each other:

Shanah Tovah* – Have a good year

or the more observant among them may greet and bless friends and family with:

Ketivah VaChatimah Tovah – “[may you be] written and sealed for a good new year

I have always found the old Sephardic greeting for the Day to be a lovely wish for a new beginning be it Rosh Hashanah or New Year’s Day:

Tizku leshanim rabbot – May you merit many years

The response to which is:

Ne’imot ve-tovot  – pleasant and good ones

I was hoping that I would be able to find something for Rosh Hashanah from the portfolio of my beloved Emanuele (Lele) Luzzati’s many drawings of Hebrew Festivals but he either did not draw anything for the Day or if he did it is not available on line.  However he did do a series of paintings of synagogues in Italy which I think are appropriate for any feast day.

The Synagogue in Casale Monferrato
The Canton Synagogue or Grand German Synagogue – Venice.
The Synagogue in Mondovi.


I will repeat something I included in a post three years ago:

To all my friends, not just those celebrating this feast day – May your year be filled with the tartness of apples and the sweetness of honey; may your blessings be as numerous as the seeds of the pomegranate and the fish of the sea; may your happiness be as intoxicating as a flagon of good wine; may your laughter be as joyful as a sounding trumpet; and may there always be a candle to ban the darkness from your life.

Tizku leshanim rabbot – May you merit many years

On this day in 1501: Michelangelo begins work on his statue of David.

Author: Willym

A senior with the heart of a young'un

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