Why You Should Send a Rosh Hashanah Greeting eCard This Year
Well, it’s free, for one thing.
Free is good, but the better reason is so you can be a part of this very old Jewish holiday, whether or not you are Jewish yourself – by sending your well-wishes to those observing one of the most important days on their calendar. So why not send your Jewish friends or co-workers an e-card for Rosh Hashanah – not only is the ecard free, but it includes professional Hebrew translation, to boot.
What is Rosh Hashanah, Anyway?
The American New Year’s holiday is an all-night drinking party, and then lazy, carefree football-watching all day.
Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, could not be more contrary or opposite to that.
Rosh Hashanah, which means “Head of the Year” in Hebrew, occurs ten days before Yom Kippur in the month of Tishrei, which is the 7th and last month on the Jewish calendar. Together, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are referred to as Yamim Nora’im, which means “Days of Awe” in Hebrew. In most American synagogues, this time period is the first of what are called High Holy Days, and it is common to permit only actual synagogue members to attend services during this time, in contrast services open to the public during the rest of the year.
Just like there are several different types of years, like “fiscal year” and “school year,” and so forth, so does the Jewish calendar have various year ends and beginnings. Rosh Hashanah celebrates, among other things, the beginning of another numerical year, and is believed to be the month in which God created the world, and also is traditionally believed to be when God decides who will live and die in the coming year. As such, there are solemn religious customs that are observed, one of the most prominent being Teshuvah, or the process of repentance. The Jewish religion encourages the evaluation and examination of one’s life and actions in the past year, to make amends and repent for any wrongdoings, and to focus upon improving one’s self in the coming year. Other customs include wading into a river or other body of water and emptying one’s pockets, to symbolize the casting off of sins.
You Send Out Christmas Cards, Don’t You?
So, as you can see, Rosh Hashanah is a pretty serious deal, and a very important, holy day within Jewish culture – so it’s only courtesy to reach out and send something as convenient as an e-card to those who are Jewish, within your professional and social circles. You don’t ignore the annual tradition of sending Christmas Cards, right? .
Rosh Hashanah Greeting (Photo credit: Center for Jewish History, NYC)
Fortunately, we have made it easy for you to be a cultured, thoughtful soul by extending a “L’Shanah Tovah!” to your Jewish friends. We are offering free e-card services and professional Hebrew translation for this year’s Rosh Hashanah, which can be obtained using one of two options:
Write up your own personal “Happy Rosh Hashanah” message on our web page 2012 Rosh Hashanah e-template. We’ll translate your greeting into Hebrew, and then send it to you in a snazzy, tricked-out Rosh Hashanah e-card.
The second option is to simply fill in the name and info of your friends and/or co-workers, and then have us write up a traditional Rosh Hashanah greeting in Hebrew, which we will then email to you in e-card format.
In order to get this nifty free service we’re offering for Rosh Hashanah 2012, simply click on this 2012 Rosh Hashanah link, where you’ll be taken to the template on our site to fill out your own greeting to be translated to Hebrew, or to select a traditional greeting by us.
Rosh Hashanah Evening (Photo credit: Center for Jewish History, NYC)
And for those that ARE Jewish, I re-state my former question: Why shouldn’t you send a Rosh Hashanah greeting this year? (Especially if you didn’t last year.)