Monday, February 14, 2011

Chapter 5 (pages 66-84): Jewish tradition

What is Rosh Hashanah? What is the kadish? What is Yom Kippur?

How significant are these days in Judaism?


  1. The Rosh Hashanah is the celebration of the new year and the Yom Kippur is the day of Atonement. Despite of their imprisonment the Jews of Buna come together to celebrate the Rosh Hashanah, they all pray and shout gods name. But Elie´s religious rebellion starts. He can not find a reason to bless god in the middle of so much suffering. Elie thinks that the Jews were the ones chosen from god to be massacred. He belives that the man is stronger than god more resillent and more forgiving.

  2. Rosh Hashanah is the celebration of the Jewish New Year. It is a day of memorial and the day of judgment, in which God judges each person individually according to their deeds, and makes a decree for the following year. Rosh Hashanah occurs ten days before Yom Kippur . Yom Kippur, also known as the Day of Atonement, is one of the holiest days of the year for the Jewish people. Its central themes are atonement and repentance. Together, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are known as the Yamim Nora’im, which means the Days of Awe in Hebrew. In English they are often referred to as the High Holy Days. The Kaddish a prayer found in the Jewish prayer service. The central theme of the Kaddish is the magnification and sanctification of God's name. These days are extremely significant in Judaism because everyone gets a chance to put things right with other people before asking God's forgiveness.
    It's a time when Jews can make up for the wrongs of the past year and make a firm commitment to not do the same bad thing or things again.

  3. Kadish also is prayer for the dead.