HAFEZ: Happy Jewish New Year


HAFEZ: Happy Jewish New Year
by Hafez for Beginners

HAFEZ: Happy Jewish New Year - "Rosh Hashana":

"Rosh Hashana": The Jewish New Year  celebrates the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve. It is one of four New Years in the Jewish year - but the one that symboizes a New Year fo people, animals and legal contrats. In 2012, it is celebrated from sundwon on Sept. 16 to nightfall on Sept. 18.


The symbolic foods that are eaten are "sweet" to wish you a sweet new year. This reminds me of how we do the exact same thing the second Spring begins (SPring Equinox) as part of our own Persian New Year celebrations - offer something sweet - for a "sweet new year." The Persians and the Jews co-existed extensively during the decades after Cyrus liberated the Jews out of bondage in Babylon - and many customs, and religious concepts were exchanged. Who knows, maybe this exchange of "sweets" at the start of the New Year, dates from that time, too!

Apples dipped in honey are one tradition of foods eated during Rosh Hashana. 


My favorite is the tradition of eating Pomegranates. Pomegranates are documented as being a native fruit of Iran before spreading to the rest of the World. Some traditions even say Eve gave Adam a Pomegranate, not an Apple! The fruit is an integral part of the Persian culture - from all the molasses, pastes -  ("rob'") and fresh juices that appear in our cuisine, to the pomegranate skin  used to dye wool and silk for the production of carpets. 

Pomegranates in Rosh Hashana symbolize fertility, as they do in most cultures. I've also read they are believed to have 613 seeds, the same number of commandments of the Torah.

Pomegranates in Persian and Islamic cultures are also considered a fruit that grows in the gardens of paradise. My favorite pomegranate experience is: drinking freshly squeezed pomegranate juice, sitting on a carpeted bed, at an outdoor juice bar - hiking up the Alborz moutains/ north of Tehran.


I was inspired by the idea of Adam and Eve coming together and ending their separation for todays Blog - and went to this Beyt/Couplet. That separation has ended and the happy/sweet scent of happiness and union is coming:

حافظا شب هجران شد  بوی خوش وصل آمد

شادیت  مبارک  باد ای عاشق  شیدایی

Hafez-a shab-eh hejran shod - booyeh kohsh-eh vassl amad

Shadi-at mobarak bad Ey ashegh-eh sheida-ee

Oh Hafez - the eve of separation comes to a close and the sweet smell of union is upon us

Congratulations my friend and greetings for your joy too - my love-sick friend!

Happy Rosh Hashana! "Shanah Tovah"!


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Anglophile (+SK jan) :

I think it's in our blood to easily be able to celebrate others' joys - like you said, from Christmas to now, Jewish New Year.

Our country was the first in human history to embrace multi-culturalism and respect for all religions was part of Cyrus's human rights charter.

I honestly do believe this to be in our blood - to be able to look at all as ONE.


Soosan Khanoom

Anglo jan,I know what u mean..Iranians sometimes overdue it!!

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Soosan jan I made a disclaimer first :))

by anglophile on

As a matter of fact I live in a Jewish enclave with some of the most wonderful neighbours surrounding me but Ms Mirfendereski's blog reminded me of the good old "shab-e Janvieh" in Tehran of the yore. On the eve of every Christian new year all the major restaurants and cabarets of Tehran were fully booked not by our Armenian/Christian citizens but by our very mosalmoon bretheren!!

Soosan Khanoom

lol ... Anglo

by Soosan Khanoom on

what was that Nike add ...' Just Do It '  

Ok now Jump the bandwagon, my darling ,before you are being accused of anti semitism...






من و شمارو چه سننم؟


من هم سال نو کلیمی و یوم کیپور (روز آمرزش) را به اصیل‌ترین ایرانیان یعنی‌ هموطنان کلیمی شادباش می‌گویم.

ولی‌ عجیب نیست که


یکی‌ از آقایون و خانمهأیی که اینجا به هم تبریک گفتند کلیمی نیستند!

اینجاست که حافظ جوابتون رو داده:


احوال شیخ و قاضی و شرب الیهودشان 

کردم سؤال صبحدم از پیر می فروش 

گفتا نگفتنی است سخن گرچه محرمی 

درکش زبان و پرده نگهدار و می بنوش .


Hafez for Beginners


by Hafez for Beginners on

Azadeh jan: Agreed and you're welcome. My Jewish neighbors were so thrown hearing greetings from an Iranian, and I could see the relief in their eyes. No one should feel that others don't wish them a Happy New Year..

Azadeh Azad

Happy Rosh Hashana

by Azadeh Azad on

to all Jewish and non-Jewish people around the world!

Thanks Afsaneh jan for this reminder.





Hafez for Beginners


by Hafez for Beginners on

Bavafa, Jirandoust, First Ammendment thanks for your interesting links and good wishes. It would be cool if the world wished all the Happy New Years of All peoples ... Happy New Year, again!


Happy Rosh Hashana to all Jewish people...

by Bavafa on


'Hambastegi' is the main key to victory 



And here is the original

by jirandoust on

And here is the original song from my favorite movie of all time...


Happy New Year!

First Amendment


by First Amendment on

Genuine happiness, peace and prosperity behind pre-67 borders.........

Hafez for Beginners

you're welcome

by Hafez for Beginners on

Souri - You're welcome;  and Faramarz - thanks for the link!


Happy Rosh Hashana to the Jewish friends of the world

by Souri on

Thanks Afsaneh jon, for reminding us of the Jewish New Year.


Happy Rosh Hashana

by Faramarz on



Here is Fereydoun Farrokhzad's "If I Were a Rich Man!"


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by Hafez for Beginners on

Thanks IranlovesIsrael and Redwine: One thing I always remember, is that although Iranians aren't very tolerant of each other politically  - random racial hatred is kind of alien. That Sa'adi verse of all of us being made up of the same Essence - coming to mind ... Happy New Year.


Dear Afsaneh, happy Rosh Hashana!


Happy Rosh Hashana to all Iranians!

Shlomo loves Iranian.

Red Wine


by Red Wine on

فَرا رسیدنِ سال جدیدِ عِبری را به هموطنان کَلیمی تبریک می گوئیم ...پاینده باد ایران و جاوید باد ایرانیان.