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L’shana tova September 9, 2010

Posted by Samuel Snoek-Brown in Smiley.

L'shana tova! Illustration I made on my computer, in celebration of Rosh Hashanah.

Today gets two posts because it is also Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, during which Jews renew their relationship with G-d*.  (My Jewish friends and readers, please feel free to add to or correct any explanations I’ve included here!)

This smiley illustration includes a shofar, a traditional horn used in Jewish religious services, and two apples, which are sometimes served during Rosh Hashanah to bring in a “sweet” and “fruitful” new year.  There are a number of traditional greetings, but the title of this post, “L’shana tova,” will serve you well today.

* In Judaism, depending on the tradition and the circumstances, it is considered at least poor taste (and more usually forbidden) to write the name of G-d, so when writing in English, many Jews choose to omit the letter “o” in order to denote the name without actually spelling it in its entirety.  I have followed this practice for this post out of respect.



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