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The three primary themes of Rosh Hashana that we find delineated in our holiday prayer books are malchiot (kingship), zichronot (remembrance) and shofarot (shofar blasts).
If indeed these themes are so central to our prayer on this most important of holidays, it seems that it would be easy to trace these themes in the two Torah portions that we read on Rosh Hashana.
However, when skimming through chapters 21 (1-34) and 22 (1-24) of Genesis, the first of which is read on the first day of Rosh Hashana and details the birth of Isaac, and the second of which is read on the second day of Rosh Hashana and details the binding of Isaac, the only apparent theme is that of remembrance.
"God remembered Sarah as He had said, and God did to Sarah as He had spoken." (Genesis 21:1)
So where can we find the other two themes? Well, the fact that Abraham sacrifices a ram instead of his son Isaac is related to why we blow the shofar on Rosh Hashana. Though no mighty shofar blasts are actually sounded in the second day's Torah reading, we still strongly associate the shofar with the ram that Abraham substituted for his son.
In the Book of Our Heritage by Eliyahu Kitov, malchiot is described as follows: "We acknowledge God's creation of all existence, sovereignty over the entire universe and our acceptance of His dominion."
Though there is perhaps no better example of someone accepting God's sovereignty and dominion as the figure of Abraham - who was willing to sacrifice his only son to do God's will - I think there may be another way of looking at it.
The Abarbanel (1437-1508) states that the reason that we read about the binding of Isaac on Rosh Hashana and in the "akeida" section of our daily prayers is because the glory of Israel and their merit before God lies in that act. In other words, while Abraham recognized God as king in the most profound way possible, there was something regal and glorious about Abraham's willingness to offer up his only son to such a king.
The kingship isn't just about crowning a king, but about making God remember that we are a people who are worthy of such a king.
CHICKEN A LA KING
Makes 6 servings
1 chicken, separated into eighths
Salt, pepper, paprika and garlic powder, to taste
1 cup mushrooms, sliced
1 cup celery, chopped fine
4 scallions, chopped fine
1â„4 cup margarine
1â„4 cup flour
1 cup parve milk
1 cup chicken broth
Sprinkle chicken with salt, pepper, paprika and garlic powder and roast in 180 ÂºC oven for 30 minutes. Sautee celery, scallions and mushrooms in margarine for five to seven minutes. Add flour, mix for one to two minutes, then add milk and chicken broth. Allow sauce to thicken.
After 30 minutes, remove chicken from oven and pour sauce over chicken, return to oven and cook for 15-20 minutes more or until chicken seems done (when poked with a knife or fork, juices should run clear and chicken should not be pink inside). This recipe goes well with pasta or rice.
MEMORY BOOSTER CARROTS
Research shows that besides being good for your eyes, carrots are a memory booster, as is olive oil and rosemary.
1â„4 cup olive oil
1 onion, sliced into rings
8-10 carrots, sliced thinly into rounds
1 Tbsp. fresh rosemary, chopped
1â„4 cup orange juice
1 tsp. orange zest
2 Tbsp. sugar
Salt and pepper, to taste
Saute onion and carrots in olive oil for five minutes. Add rosemary and cook two more minutes. Add orange zest, orange juice, sugar, salt and pepper and continue cooking until carrots are tender.
HORN OF PLENTY CONES
1 cup green grapes, halved
1 cup red grapes, halved
1 cup pomegranate seeds
1 pear, diced
1 apple, diced
1 can mandarin orange slices, halved
1 cup marshmallows, chopped
1 cup parve whipping cream, whipped
10-12 ice cream cones (sugar cones)
Combine all fruit in a large bowl. Mix well. Add marshmallows and whipped cream. Fill each cone with fruit mixture and place on a plate. Arrange so that fruit "spills" out of cone and onto the plate. Any fruit can be substituted. A nice, light Rosh Hashana dessert, great for both kids and adults!
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