Jewish Holiday Haiku -- fun quick explanations of the Jewish Holidays
Let's Have "Fun" with Jewish Holidays.....
There are a lot of Jewish holidays and just about all of them have something involved that makes them hard work before hand. So I wanted to make them all "fun". When I was in grade school, I used to love writing poetry in general and haiku in specific.
I hope you enjoy these attempts at haiku and humor. I'd love it if you would share your own haikus (5 syllables, 7 syllables, 5 syllables) in the last module "Did you like my haiku?".
Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur Haiku
Hear the Shofar* blow
Longest Amida* year wide
Go home late and eat.
Starts with Kol Nidre*
Fasting lasts throughout the day
Blow Shofar then eat!
* Shofar is a ram's horn (or the horn of any kosher animal) used to toot three different sounds (Tekiya, Shevarim and Teruah on Rosh Hashana and the Shofar is also blown to mark the ending of Yom Kippur
*Amida is one of the names of the main prayer (also called Shmone-esrei, literally 18, for the number of blessings in the original weekday version of the Amida) said 3 times a day on weekdays, 4 times on Shabbat, holidays and Rosh Hodesh -- the beginning of a new month -- and 5 times on Yom Kippur.
*Kol Nidre is Arameic for "All my Vows" and is a prayer said before the actual beginning of Yom Kippur that nullifies all unwanted vows.
For more on Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur and Sukkot, see my lens called Rosh Hashana
Build your Sukka* well
Shake your Lulav* and Etrog*
Eat in Sukka 7 days.
* Sukka is a temporary "house" build for the holiday of Sukkot.
* Lulav is a palm frond and Etrog is a citron (a lemon like fruit grown in Israel) -- the two are used on Sukkot (they are shaken together after one makes a blessing)
Read more on Sukkot by reading my lens about the Hebrew month of Tishrei
Eight days light candles
Eat Latkes* fried crisp.
*Chashmonai means referring to the Chashmonaim, the family of Yehuda Macabee, who defeated the Greek-Assyrians who were oppressing the Jews of Israel. (For more, see Hanuka)
* Latkes (from Yiddish -- called Livivot in Hebrew) are potato pancakes that are fried (the oil commemorates the Chashmonaim lighting the menora -- candelabra -- in the holy Temple) that are usually eaten with sour cream or apple sauce.
Tu BiShvat Haiku
Israeli's plant trees
To grow fruit for the whole year
We eat lots of fruit.
If you want to learn more about Tu BiShvat, check out my lens about the Hebrew month of Shvat
Vashti* lost her head
Mordekhai* would not bow down*
Haman died*, we feast!
*Vashti was the Queen of Persia at the beginning of the Purim story (Esther Chapter 1) -- she wouldn't come when Ahashverosh called for her. The text isn't quite clear what happened to her, but most people feel she was executed.* Mordekhai was the hero of the Purim story -- he was Esther's cousin (and adopted father).
* He wouldn't bow down to Haman, the grand vizier, who required everyone to bow down to him.
* Haman was hanged in the end for trying to kill Esther's people.
Read more about Esther, Mordekhai and the Purim 'gang' at my lens about Purim
Pesah (Passover) Haiku
Clean your whole house well
Bring out your Pesah dishes *
Eat Matza* all week.
Drink four cups of wine
At the family Seder*
Matza and Marror*.
*Matza is unleavened bread that we eat on Pesah (Passover). We don't eat bread or other leavened flour products. This is why we clean our houses, to get all the Hametz (leavened flour products) out. We also use different dishes and pots and utensils during the holiday week.
* A Seder is a meal during which we read about the Exodus from Egypt. At the Seder, we drink 4 cups of wine, we eat Matza and * Marror (bitter herb which commemorates the bitter life of the Children of Israel under the Egyptian servitude).
Read more about Pesah (Passover) by reading my lens about The Spring Holiday
Mount Sinai was where
We got the Tora* from G-d
Today we eat cheese*.*Tora is the laws we got from G-d. It's also known as the Bible, the Law, the Pentateuch.
* Because the Tora was given to us on Shavuot (the Feast of Weeks, because we count 7 weeks from Pesah to Shavuot), we didn't know the laws of meat and dairy (which can't be eaten together), so it's a custom to eat dairy on Shavuot.
Read more about Shavuot (The Feast Of Weeks) by reading my lens aboutThe Jewish month Sivan
Fast Days Haiku
Remembering the Destruction of the Holy Temple in Ancient Israel (and remembering Esther, too)
Fast of Gedalia*
Purim Eve for Queen Esther
Tenth Day of Tevet
First Borns fast (they do?)*
The Seventeenth of Tamuz
Tisha B'Av fast days
On these days we fast
Our sadness for lost Temple
(Or good for diet????)
* Gedalia was a leader that Nebuchadnezzar set up as the leader of Israel. When he was assassinated, Nebuchadnezzar decided to exile all the people.
* The day before the beginning of Pesah (Passover) is the fast of the first born, however, if a first born male (females are not required) goes to a Siyyum (a party given when one finishes learning a chapter, section or book of Talmud, Tora (bible) etc.) he doesn't have to fast. Most synagogues have a Siyyum at the synagogue post-prayer breakfast on that day.
Read more about Fast Days by reading my lens about The Jewish month Av
For more information about Jewish Holidays, check out my About the Jewish Calendar lens and link below to lenses about specific holidays.
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