Sunday, September 16, 2012

Short Yom Tov Riddles: Rosh Hashanah / רֹאשׁ הַשָּׁנָה Edition

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רֹאשׁ הַשָּׁנָה
Rosh Hashanah

[ 1 ]

In English, you might know us as the Three T's,
But we're talking now about Hebrew words, please
The first means to daven, to worship, to pray;
The last one involves giving money away.
But the middle word's crucial, it isn't a breeze.
It's a word that comes out like the sound of a sneeze!
What is it???

[ 2 ]

Tekiah-Shvarim-Truah are the sounds we love to hear,
Singing out so loudly, ringing out so clear.
And Tekiah-G'dolah, when the end is near,
Blasting from the __________, as we start our brand-new year!

[ 3 ]

Though beaten and tortured, Amnon was strong
He'd lived as a Jew his entire life long.
And so to this day, to show he's not wrong,
We read _______  ______, his very last song.

[ 4 ]

On this day, we eat our signs
Make our Kiddush over wines;
And wait – before we’re off to bed,
Please skip the tail, but eat the __________!

[ 5 ] BONUS!

Dip an apple in the honey,
Then empty pockets, not for money;
Doing Tashlich is best with fishes
To free ourselves from evil __________!

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STUMPED?? Here are some answers: 
[ 1 ] Teshuvah.
[ 2 ] Shofar
[ 3 ] Unesaneh Tokef, by Rabbi Amnon of Mainz.
[ 4 ] Head – of a fish, one of the “simanim” or auspicious sign-foods (some use the head of a ram instead).  Some who do not eat the head just have it there and point to it.
[ 5 ] Wishes – one explanation for tashlich is that just as fish are not subject to the ayin hora (evil eye), says Rashi on Parshas Vayechi, Bereishis 48:16) so too should the Jewish people be.  Rather indirect, and it’s okay without fishes, too.

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