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Friday, September 14, 2012

The Quincessential Prayer for Freedom

According to Wikipedia, North African Jews have quinces (usually as a jelly) on Rosh Hashana night.  Quinces are חבושים in Hebrew.  Before eating them, they would recite:

יהי רצון מלפניך ה' אלהינו ואלהי אבותינו שתהא שנה זו טובה ומתוקה ושיצאו חבושי עמך ישראל ממאסרם לאורה
May it be Your will, Hashem, our G-d and the G-d of our fathers, that this year be good and sweet, and those of Your nation Israel who are imprisoned should leave their incarceration to go toward the light.

Even if you don't have this custom or don't have a quince, it doesn't hurt to say it and have in mind:
among all חבושי עמך ישראל.

Other interesting Rosh Hashana links (all in Hebrew):

Wishing everyone:

Shana Tova
Tizku Leshanim Rabot, Ne'imot VeTovot
Ketiva Vahatima Tova

As we say in Ahot Ketana:

Let the year end with its curses and may the new year begin with its blessings.


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