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Dates – Symbol for Rosh Hashana

dates in front of palm tree, watercolor on paper
dates in front of palm tree, watercolor on paper, 2011 by Leora Wenger

Dates are one of the simanim for Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year.

Here’s what one says on the siman (symbol) of the date:

יְהִי רָצוֹן מִלְּפָנֶיךָ יהוה אֱלהֵינוּ וֵאלהֵי אֲבוֹתֵינוּ
שֶׁיִּתַּמּוּ שׂוֹנְאֵינוּ

May it be your will, LORD our God and God of our fathers,
that those who hate us be ended
(yitamu – from tamar, dates in Aramaic)

Would you go on a date with a girl named Tamar? Tamar is the Hebrew word for date, so you can play with words and come up with some funny phrases.

If you are getting ready for Rosh Hashana, you may want to read this post:
Symbols for Sweet New Year – the Simanim to double check if you got everything you need.

Fotografaire says

What a beautiful water color. What a lovely post.

Jewaicious says

As always, your water color is lovely and filled with the beauty of simplicity.

Robin from Israel says

A lovely painting and very fitting for the day.

Shana tova u'metuka Leora, all the best in the new year.

Julie Zagdanski says

I love what you came up with for the dates, they look wonderful! Shana Tova U'metuka!

Leora says

So glad you dropped by! I appreciate your early encouragement with this painting. Shana Tova tikateivu.

Ilana-Davita says

Very nice painting. I remember when you first asked us about dates before you painted this lovely watercolor.

Leora says

And it took almost a month to find the time to do the painting! But I appreciate the early support. Helps me find the time.

Mrs. S. says

Beautiful painting!
Shanah tovah u'metukah and ktivah v'chatimah tovah to you and your family!

Ruth Deborah Rey says

Beautiful, Leora.

SHANA TOVA to you and yours. May the year 5772 bring you Light.

Rivka Izme says

Watercolor is a difficult medium. Wonderful picture. Beautiful.

Carver says

I love your watercolor.

Laura says

Lovely! Now you have a complete set of paintings for all the simanim. Shana Tova!


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