L'shanah Tovah!

L'shanah tovahIt’s Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.  Unlike the western new year celebration, the Hebrew new year is somewhat more solemn, although both feature (at least a little) introspection and resolutions for living a better life in the coming year.

Rosh Hashanah means “the head (or first) of the year.” It’s a traditional term, not found in scripture. The actual day, instituted in Leviticus 23:24-25, is Yom Ha-Zikkaron (the day of remembrance) or Yom Teruah (the day of the sounding of the shofar).

The common greeting “L’shanah tovah” means “for a good year,” and is a shortened version of “L’shanah tovah tikatev v’taihatem” (or to women, “L’shanah tovah tikatevi v’taihatemi”),  which means “May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year.”

By the Jewish calendar, it has been 5776 years since God created the world.

There are several practices or rituals for this day – learn more here.

L’shanah Tovah!

'Floaters' – Not Dust After All

Those “floaty things” that are usually just off-center when you look at the sky or a blank wall – or the ceiling when you’re really bored in school. I always figured they were bits of dust too small to be irritating. The “holy grail” of floaters – at least for me – was to catch one right in the center of my vision, where I could keep it balanced and stare right at it.

Where were we? Oh yeah – it’s not dust. It’s not even on the outside of your eye. Watch:

What Happens When A Farmer De-Industrializes?

Cows and sheep grazing together at White Oak Pastures, Bluffton GA
Cows and sheep together at White Oak Pastures

At White Oak Pastures in Bluffton GA, they’ve returned to the practices of 150 years ago. No pesticides, antibiotics, or hormones, and grass instead of corn. Everyone’s happier — including the animals — and they still make money.

It’s a fascinating story – read it for yourself on their website.

I hope this catches on world-wide.

(Video from www.takepart.com)

I wonder if that’s real butter on the buns. 🙂

A Non-Traditional Rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" That Totally Rocks

Madison Rising, Dave BrayI’m not a fan of non-traditional renditions of our national anthem. They’re usually cringe-worthy, often disrespectful, and turn a song that should be sung by everyone into a solo performance.

This one’s different, though.

In 2012, rock band Madison Rising teamed up with the National Anthem Celebration Foundation to heighten public awareness of the history and tradition of The Star-Spangled Banner. They released an updated rendition with “more energy and a modern take.” Lead singer Dave Bray said, “We’ve re-worked it in an absolutely unique way, but staying as true and respectful to the original version as possible.”

Because of Bray’s classic-rock power vocals, this version is even harder to sing along with, but that’s okay, because it totally… rocks.

Turn your speakers up, then tell me what you think in the comments below.