09/25/13 - NNHS Newsletter - Last Day of Sukkot
“On the first day, you
will take for yourselves
a fruit of a beautiful tree,
- Leviticus 23:40-41
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
As nearly as I can tell, this Jewish holiday actually began at sunset last night.
BONUS - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ML-pj6NU9gk - Sisu V'simchu, Moscow Male Jewish Cappella, cantor J. Malovany, Alexander Tsaliuk, solo - J. Malovany; Piano - Alexander Velikovskiy
|Many Jewish people in the United States mark Hoshana Rabbah (or
Hoshana Raba) as the last day of Sukkot (Succot, Succoth, Sukkoth) in
their calendars. This day is the end of the Sukkot period, also known as
the Feast of Tabernacles. The Sukkot festival is observed during the
week starting on
15th day of Tishri (or Tishrei), which is the first month of the
year in the Jewish calendar.
What do people do?
Hoshana Rabbah is marked by a special service at the synagogue. During the service, the rolls of the Torah are taken out of their ark and worshippers make seven circuits while holding the four species and reciting Hoshanot (Psalm 118:25). The four species (four plants with symbolic meanings) are waved in proscribed directions after a blessing is recited during Sukkot, except on Shabbat (the Sabbath). People may do this at a synagogue, in the sukkah or at home. The beating of the aravah, a willow branch, is also performed.
Some sources say that it is traditional to wear a kittle (shroud worn on Yom Kippur) on the last day of Sukkot. It is also customary to eat a festive meal in the sukkah in the afternoon to fulfill the religious duty (mitzvah) of dwelling in the sukkah one last time for the year. The heavenly decrees made on Rosh Hashanah (and sealed on Yom Kippur) are sent out on Hoshana Rabbah, according to Jewish belief. The Kabbalah’s main book also says that nations around the world are judged on this day.
The last day of Sukkot is not a nationwide public holiday in the United States. However, many Jewish businesses, schools and organizations may be closed or offer a reduced level of service.
The Sukkot period is a time to remember the Jewish people’s wandering in the desert for 40 years following their exodus from Egypt, according to Jewish teachings. It is also a time to celebrate the grape harvest. Some sources claim that Sukkot lasts for about seven days while others state that it is an eight-day festival.
The seventh day of Sukkot is known as Hoshana Rabbah while the eighth day is known as Shmini Atzeret and the day after is called Simchat Torah. Hoshana Rabbah is known as the day of the final sealing of judgment, which began on Rosh Hashanah.
An important Sukkot symbol is the sukkah. This is a temporary structure with a roof made of sechach or s'chach, which is raw, unfinished plant material, such as palm branches, bamboo poles, reeds or even corn stalks.
The “four species” are also important symbols of Sukkot and represent the blessings of nature. These are lulav (a green, closed frond of a date palm tree), hadass (twigs and leaves from a myrtle tree), aravah (twigs and leaves from a willow tree) and etrog (a lemon-like fruit of the citron tree)...
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
|Happy Birthday today to Jimmy Stroup ('57) AND James Comer ('57) AND Robert Coffee ('63) AND Don Wilson (John Marshall HS - '64) of VA AND Jerry Allen ('65) of VA!|
Happy Birthday tomorrow to the late Tommy Scott ('61) (deceased 01/05/10)!
Happy Birthday this week to:
27 - Judy McCall Nesbitt ('65) of NC;
28 - Richard Dawes (NNHS / HHS - '62) of VA AND My Granddaughter, Kaiya Harty of IL;
29 - Bill Shaw ('63) of VA AND Bill Weaver ('63) of VA;
01 - MaeLea Somervold Cifers ('62) of VA AND Jerry Baker Cobb ('66) of VA;
02 - Wayne Frizzelle ('65) of MD AND Paige Spencer!
Many Happy Returns, One and All!
YESTERDAY IN WWII:
|September 24, 1941 - The Japanese consul in Hawaii
was instructed to divide Pearl Harbor into five zones and
calculate the number of battleships in each zone.
September 24, 1942 - Glenn Miller ended his broadcasts for Chesterfield Cigarettes so he could go to World War II.
September 24, 1948 - Mildred Gillars, known as "Axis Sally," pled innocent to charges of treason. She ended up serving 12 years for being a Nazi wartime radio propagandist.
YESTERDAY IN 1963:
|Tuesday, September 24, 1963 - Apparently it was another very boring day everywhere...|
THIS DAY IN WWII:
September 25, 1942 -
British bombers attempted to destroy the local headquarters of the German
Gestapo in Norway. The plan failed.
September 25, 1942 - Swiss Police Instruction of September 25, 1942 – this instruction denied entry into Switzerland to Jewish refugees.
THISDAY IN 1963:
|Wednesday, September 25, 1963 - Lord Denning released the UK government's official report on the Profumo Affair.|
NEW ON SITE:
WAY BACK THEN:
http://www.nnhs65.com/I-Mirmelsteins.html - brand new page!
|June 1947 Anchor, p. 126||1957 Anchor, p. 181|
From My Daughter, Adrienne Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL) of NC - "Cute Little Bunny":
From firstname.lastname@example.org - 09/23/13 - "One of Life’s Great Lessons – Learn to be Thankful for What You Already Have":
One of Life’s Great Lessons – Learn to
be Thankful for What You Already Have
BONUS JEWISH CROCHET PATTERNS:
|http://voices.yahoo.com/top-12-free-crochet-jewish-themed-patterns-hadassah-5030572.html - Top 12 Free Crochet Jewish Themed Patterns - "When I'm invited to a Passover Seder or to a dinner celebrating the eight days of Hanukkah, or Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, or many of the observances, I like to bring a crocheted gift. Quick, easy and thoughtful, the Tehlim, the Jewish book of Psalms, tells us that the work of our hands will let the graciousness of the Lord to shine upon us."|
|BONUS SUKKOT RECIPES:|
http://judaism.about.com/od/sukkotrecipes/Sukkot_Recipes.htm - Sukkot Recipes - "As Sukkot is a harvest festival, Sukkot menus typically include dishes with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Stuffed vegetables are often served for this Jewish holiday. Some say the stuffed foods, like small cornucopia, represent a bountiful harvest. Given the colorful surroundings of the sukkah and the harvest theme, I like to serve a colorful fruit salad for dessert. These kosher food recipes can enhance your family's celebration of Judaism's Feast of Tabernacles."
|From LadyHawke's Weekly Jokes - 09/22/13:|
"And L-RD Created..."
A group of leading scientists had done huge amounts of research in chemical analysis, and bio-chemistry. After many years of toil, they confronted the L-RD about his "Creation" process.
"We have studied and analyzed and learned, and have found that we can create life, the same as You did." said the scientists to L-RD.
"You can?" asked the L-RD.
"Yes. We can create living forms, the same way You did. And faster too. And we'll prove it." The L-RD replied, "Ok, prove it."
So one of the scientists reached down and grabbed up a handful of dirt to put into a dish.
"Uh uh uhhh" said the L-RD.
"What?" asked the scientists.
"Get your OWN dirt!"
DATES TO REMEMBER:
October 3, 2013 - The NNHS Class of 1955 holds
Lunch Bunch gatherings on the first Thursday of every month
at Steve & John's Steak House on Jefferson Avenue just above
Denbigh Boulevard in Newport News at 11:00 AM. The luncheon
is not limited to just the Class of '55; if you have friends
in that year, go visit with them.
2. Friday and Saturday, October 4 and 5, 2013 - The NNHS Class of 1963 will hold their 50-Year Reunion at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Hampton on the Water. Friday night will also be open to the Classes of 1962 and 1964. SEE: The website which has been set up for their class at www.nnhs1963.com; CONTACT: Frank Gibson, email@example.com, Joyce Williams Nettles, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Susie Overton Jones, email@example.com; FORM:Registration-Classes-of-1962-and-1964-B.docx
3. Wednesday, October 9, 2013 - The NNHS Class of June 1942 meets at noon on the second Wednesday of every other month for a Dutch treat lunch at the James River Country Club, 1500 Country Club Road. PLEASE JOIN THEM. Give or take a few years makes no difference. Good conversation, food and atmosphere. For details, call Jennings Bryan at 803-7701 for reservations.
http://www.nnhs65.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 08/20/13
http://nnhs.wordpress.com/ - updated 03/13/11
NNHS CLASS OF '65 WEB SITE:
PERSONAL WEB SITE: http://www.angelfire.com/weird2/cluckmeat
Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309
2.Go to www.PayPal.com, log in, select "Send Money (Services) to firstname.lastname@example.org; or
3. Just mail it directly to my home. Thanks!
Sisu Vesimchu B'simchat Torah
Ut'nu kavod laTorah
Ki tov sachra mikol sechora
Mipaz umip'ninim yekara
Nagil venasis b'zot haTorah
Ki hi lanu oz ve'ora
Rejoice and be merry on Simchat
And give honor to the Torah!
For her reward is greater than any business,
More valuable than jewels.
We shall rejoice and be merry on Simchat Torah,
For it is for us strength and light.
"Sisu Vesimchu" midi and lyrics courtesy of http://www.greatjewishmusic.com/Midifiles/Sukkot/Sisu-Vesimchu.html - 10/14/08
Tove Teitelbaum's Image of Rabbi Holding Lulav courtesy of http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/us/last-day-of-sukkot - 09/25/13
Clip art of Lulav used to form Divider Lines courtesy of http://www.bry-backmanor.org/holidayfun/sukkot.html - 10/14/08
Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of
Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of
VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
John Marshall High School's Justice Scale clip art courtesy of
Cheryl White Wilson (JMHS - '64) of VA - 10/13/05 (replaced 02/23/09)
Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of
American School Logo courtesy of http://www.americanschoolofcorr.com/grads.asp - 09/05/06
Animated "Happy Little Rabbits We Are" clip art courtesy of http://users.bigpond.net.au/jellery/index.htm - 04/25/09
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