27 Sep Rosh Hashanah “Seder” booklet produced for Bnei Menashe
The Bnei Menashe received a double portion of sweet tidings in preparation for Rosh Hashanah – in addition to their Shufersol coupons (see our article here), baskets of goodies were given out at ceremonies in all eight of the communities where the new immigrants have settled: Upper Nazareth, Sderot, Safed, Kiryat Shemona, Tiberias, Migdal HaEmek, Ma’alot, and Acre.
Shavei Israel also produced a new booklet for the immigrants covering the Rosh Hashanah “Seder,” including prayers and rituals in Hebrew with transliteration into the Bnei Menashe languages of Mizo and Kuki.
The Rosh Hashanah Seder is a tradition that, like its counterpart on Passover, includes a progression of blessings that are recited over foods symbolic to the holiday – dates, pomegranates, apples dipped in honey, and fish, among others.
Six hundred copies of Shavei Israel’s new booklet were printed. The full color design includes pictures and explanations for each blessing.
During the ceremonies, a mock” Seder was led by rabbis working with the community, including Bnei Menashe Rabbi Gurion Sela, who is originally from Mizroam. The ceremonies featured lectures on the meaning of Rosh Hashanah, the blowing of the shofar, and refreshments.
The ceremonies were also an opportunity for members of the Bnei Menashe to approach the rabbis with questions on Jewish Law and to check the parchments in their Tefillin and mezuzot (a Rosh Hashanah custom throughout the Jewish world).
The rabbis surprised the younger generation of Bnei Menashe by presenting each with a brand new tallit katan – the small prayer shawl religious Jewish men wear during the day under their shirts.
We have another picture here.