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September Newsletter – L’shanah tovah tikateivu

L’shanah tovah tikateivu


I am writing this newsletter in the midst of all the preparation and excitement around Rosh Hashanah. For me, this means wracking my brains to find an interesting display to grace the cabinets in the AHC. For inspiration, I looked at last year’s exhibition on the museum website and Roslyn’s collection of anecdotes on the traditions of Rosh Hashanah caught my eye.


I embarked on a search to find all the traditions of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot and Simhat Torah that I could get my hands on. As I did my research I realized that there are some traditions that I didn’t know about that would be really easy for my family to incorporate into the festivals this year.


For instance, did you know that it is customary to buy new clothes for Rosh Hashanah! On the same tack, Rabbi Engel mentioned to me that it’s also traditional for a husband to buy his wife a new piece of Jewelry to celebrate the New Year — this tradition really appeals to me!


Last year Yvette Bolaffi told Roslyn: “I remember in our home a plate with wheat seeds spread on a base of cotton; we would water the seeds and the shoots would grow. I’m sure this was symbolic – the new shoots representing the New Year”. I’m sure the kids would love that one!


Before leaving for the synagogue on Yom Kippur, it is customary to bless the children, to give Tzedakah and also to light Yahrzeit candles for departed family.


What about making a beautiful Etrog container with the kids for Sukkot, and then making jam or marmalade with the Etrogim after the holiday?


In my research I pieced together the following greetings for this time of year:

On and before Rosh Hashanah, we greet people with the words “Shanah tovah umetukah” (Have a good and sweet year!), or “L’shanah tovah tikateivu” (May you be written into the Book of Life!).


Between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur it is customary to greet people with “L’shanah tovah tikateivu vetehateinu” (May you be inscribed and sealed [in the Book of Life]), and after Rosh Hashanah through Hoshana Rabbah, “G’mar hatimah tovah” (May you end up with good sealing [in the Book of Life])


On that note, I wish you all a good and sweet year and may you be written into the Book of Life…..


Contact Me


I’d love to share your stories and ideas for the Museum…


Adelaide Jewish Museum

P O Box 8070

Station Arcade

Adelaide SA 5000

Telephone: 8431-7732 Fax: 8110-0900

Email: [email protected]



Yours Sincerely


Leanda Altman