Rosh Hashanah occurs on the first and second days of the Jewish month of Tishri. In the Hebrew language, Rosh Hashanah means “first of the year”, with most referring to it as the Jewish New Year. However, as one of Judaism’s high holy days, this holiday bears little resemblance to western New Year festivities. One aspect that is similar is that of the introspective review of the past year, making changes to correct past mistakes and making “resolutions” for a better new season. The holiday is marked by prayer and spending time eating and drinking with family. In this way it is both somber and celebratory. To wish loved ones L’Shana Tovah (a good new year) either across the miles or right here in Hollywood – start with a floral arrangement from Al’s Florist.
The shofar is a ram’s horn which is similar to a trumpet. One of the most important observances of the Jewish New Year is hearing the sounding of the shofar while at the synagogue. Although the Bible does not specify the reason for this tradition, it has been suggested is that the shofar’s sound is a call to repentance.
While Rosh Hashanah doesn’t necessarily have an official color that represents it, the color white signifies innocence, purity, and a new start, which is very appropriate for the spirit of both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, which takes place 10 days later. White is a classic and beautiful; choose lilies, roses, orchids, or hydrangea for an elegant and sophisticated design. You may also want to add a touch of blue with delphinium, iris or hydrangea. In the Jewish culture, blue represents divinity and a relationship with their God.
On Rosh Hashanah, work is not permitted and much of the day is spent in prayer. When the family returns home for a meal, it most often includes challah bread and apples, both dipped in honey. The honey represents the hope and prayer for a sweet year ahead. If you cannot be with friends and family on Rosh Hashanah, consider sending a thoughtful bouquet to let them all know how special they are to you, and that you wish you were there. Call Al’s Florist to discuss which s you would like to include, and we’ll deliver locally to Hollywood, Westin, Plantation, Davie, Pembroke Pines, Ft. Lauderdale – or across the miles. L’Shana Tovah to all of our Jewish friends.