Israel post issued Festivals 2015 stamps with childhood memories of the Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot festival.
On Rosh Hashanah it shall be inscribed and on Yom Kippur it shall be sealed” as well as the Sukkot festival “the time of our joy” – these are the words embedded in everyones hearts and consciousness.
Israel Festivals 2015
The summer heat was over and the upcoming year held promise for all. The entire family gathered on the eve of Rosh Hashanah to bid farewell to the previous year and ‘our heart responded in an ancient prayer: May the year beginning anew today be wonderful and special in every way’ (Be’Rosh Hashanah, On the New Year, Naomi Shemer).
All wrote personal wishes to each other on New Year cards and recited the blessing over a ripe pomegranate, being very careful not to stain clothes.
It is told that the pomegranate has 613 seeds, the same as the number of mitzvoth (good deeds).
Then came the apple and honey, accompanied by a prayer for a sweet new year.
On Yom Kippur friends are asked for forgiveness. Children interlocks ‘pinky finger, pinky finger for peace’ because “we are good friends, we’ve made peace and we have forgiven’.
Children wore white to synagogue and stayed wrapped in our tallit (prayer shawl) during the entire service.
Small children hid under their fathers’ tallit as they secretly ate their snacks and also when the shofar (ram’s horn) was blown at the end of the Ne’ilah (closing) prayer.
As soon as Yom Kippur was over, then begun’s building the sukkah in the courtyard or on the balcony, singing while working: ‘A hammer, a nail, let’s put to our avail, a sukkah to build, boys and girls all’.
All the children took part in decorating the sukkah, carrying out the mitzvah in its full glory.
An old record player played music in the center of the sukkah as it took shape.
Title: Israel Festivals 2015 stamps with Childhood Memories
Date of Issue: 2 September 2015
Denominations: 2.20 NIS, 7.40 NIS, 8.30 NIS
Source: Israel Post