Posts Tagged ‘Rosh Hashanah’
Every September, Hollywood meets in Toronto for the Toronto International Film Festival, or the TIFF as it’s usually called. It seems this year there might be a real ‘tiff’ about it. The festival traditionally begins on the first Thursday after Labour Day and ends nine days later on a Saturday night. By pure unfortunate timing, it falls smack in the middle of the High Holidays.
I know that some of us joke that there is a large Jewish influence in Hollywood (and the anti-Zonists take that further and skew it for their antisemitic agenda) but there is some truth that there is definitely a Jewish presence in Hollywood. The fact that the media have started picking up on it tells you this festival will be different than the ones in years past.
Based on the calendar if you are observant, you’ll be missing four out of the ten days of the festival. What will you do if you are a top sponsor? (as so many Gold Sponsors are Jewish) What about the industry players and execs?
I’ll be curious to see how it affects the planning of the TIFF in the months to come. I am sure this is only the beginning.
In reflecting on the previous year last week, I thought about choices I had made, conversations I had been a part of and I thought towards the future year. In all of my thinking, I realized that I had originally made a poor decision not to go home for Rosh Hashanah. This decision was quickly amended when I found some reasonably priced flights home.
Having eaten, prayed and spent time with family and friends for the duration of the 48 hour chag I have to say that it was one of the best decisions I have made in a while. Upon my arrival, my mom shared with me her “menus” for the 2 days of Rosh Hashanah. It was a site to behold. This is one of the reasons, that going home for the holidays is the only way!
In addition to my Rosh Hashanah introspection, I decided that now is the time to gather all of my mom’s recipes to compile into a book. It’s the brisket and the chicken soup and the kugel that we love so much, yet none of us have attempted to learn the tricks of the trade. There is more to learn than simply the procedure. I want the tips and pointers and what to look for in a brisket when I’m at the grocery store. This cook book will not only be unique because will be a compilation of my mother’s recipes, but also because I’ll assemble it into a small 3 ring binder that will make it convenient to pull pages out for grocery shopping. My first project of 5770 is underway! Shana Tova to all!
While Rabbis may not recommend this as an act that replaces Selichot, it certainly does cater to those who may not make it to synagogue for the real deal. I found SORRY, SORRY, SORRY on the Tablet magazine
site. There, you’ll find a phone number to call in your apology to whomever you choose. The editors of the magazine will choose one apology per day throughout the month of Elul and up until Yom Kippur to be featured on the page. Check it out daily to keep up. Today’s features an apology to a dog. Click here to read further.