Because Astoria Hotel is located in the Jewish quarter of Antwerp and many Jewish guests are staying with us we would like to tell you something about the Jewish New Year (Rosj Hasjana) which is celebrated this coming Sunday, 16 to Tuesday 18 September 2012! Every year this celebration set on different dates because the Gregorian calendar does not tread with the Jewish calendar.
Rosj Hasjana reads the Aseret Jemei Teshuvah (“ten days of repentance”) in a period of repentance (tesjoewa) which is expected to evil acts toward other people and God are reconciled and adjusted (if not already done). During this period some special prayers added to the daily prayer services. The ten days ending with Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) in which the reconciliation with God is complete.
Rosj Hasjana take place on the first two days of Tishrei, the first month of the Jewish calendar. On both days of Rosj Hasjan the shofar (ram’s horn) is blown a hundred times in the synagogue. As a symbol for a good year they eat sweet things. Traditionally they eat apple slices with honey, whereby the attendees wish each other a sjana tova oemetoeka, ‘a good and sweet year’.
In the afternoon there is a tasjliech. Therefore people go to running water, preferably with living fish in it, and throw breadcrumbs in here under reciting of a prayer. Tasjliech literally means disposed and symbolizes getting rid of bad things and thoughts.
We would like to wish “Shana Tova Umetukah” to all our guests.