#Haikai Challenge #106 (9/30/19) Rosh Hashanah #Haiku #senryu #haibun #tanka #haiga #renga

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Hope you enjoyed the Equinox, haijin! Congratulations to last week’s contributors:

Haikai Challenge Participants
1. Dwight L. Roth
2. Tessa
3. Reena Saxena
4. Jane Dougherty
5. Pat R
6. Xenia Tran
7. Xenia Tran (2)
8. Ken Gierke / rivrvlogr
9. Janice
10. Jules
11. Deborah
12. Jade Li/Lisa
13. joem18b
14. Revived Writer
15. Linda Lee Lyberg
16. Jane Dougherty
17. Kerfe Roig

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Well, this week I’ve had an unprecedented delay, haven’t I? Forgive me, dear haijin: I’ve enjoyed this weekend! With good reason, for Rosh Hashanah 2019 began at sundown on Sunday!

Rosh Hashanah (Hebrew: רֹאשׁ הַשָּׁנָה), literally meaning the “head [of] the year”, is the Jewish New Year. The biblical name for this holiday is Yom Teruah (יוֹם תְּרוּעָה), literally “day of shouting or blasting”. It is the first of the Jewish High Holy Days (יָמִים נוֹרָאִים Yamim Nora’im. “Days of Awe”) specified by Leviticus 23:23–32 that occur in the early autumn of the Northern Hemisphere.

Rosh Hashanah is a two-day celebration that begins on the first day of Tishrei, which is the seventh month of the ecclesiastical year. In contrast to the ecclesiastical year, where the first month Nisan, the Passover month, marks Israel’s exodus from Egypt, Rosh Hashanah marks the beginning of the civil year, according to the teachings of Judaism, and is the traditional anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve, the first man and woman according to the Hebrew Bible, and the inauguration of humanity’s role in God’s world. According to one secular opinion, the holiday owes its timing to the beginning of the economic year in Southwest Asia and Northeast Africa, marking the start of the agricultural cycle.[2]

Rosh Hashanah customs include sounding the shofar (a cleaned-out ram’s horn), as prescribed in the Torah, following the prescription of the Hebrew Bible to “raise a noise” on Yom Teruah. Its rabbinical customs include attending synagogue services and reciting special liturgy about teshuva, as well as enjoying festive meals. Eating symbolic foods is now a tradition, such as apples dipped in honey, hoping to evoke a sweet new year.

Let’s say “Shana Tovah!” to our Jewish brothers and sisters this week. Write the haikai poem (haiku, senryu, haibun, tanka, haiga, renga, etc.) of your choice that alludes to Rosh Hashanah!

As always:

Here’s how the challenge works:

1. write the haikai poem of your choice.
2. post the link of your post to Mister Linky.
3. pingback by posting the link to the challenge on your site.
4. read and comment on other contributors’ posts.

Shana Tovah! Happy New Year! Let’s make it a sweet one, haijin!

10 replies »

  1. To all a wonderful and wonder-filled start of a New Year. One think that is nice about our American Calendar… if we falter after January first we just have to wait a month or two… for another new year to try our resolutions again. Without any jokes though, Happy New Year to those who celebrate!

    trusting our play

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