As we are all making our final preparations to usher in the new year, we – the staff at CrownHeights.info – would like to wish our loyal readers, fans, contributors and tipsters a happy and healthy sweet new year, K’siva Vachasima Tova, Leshono Tova Tikosaivu V’Tichosemu and a Gut Gebentched Yohr.
May this year be a safe, successful and prosperous year for all, and may we achieve our ultimate goal and report the coming of Moshiach speedily in our days!
One of the prevalent customs of Rosh Hashanah is that during the meals, we eat various foods. Our minhag (custom) is that we only say a special yehi ratzon before we eat the apple dipped in honey. However, in many communities people say a (different) yehi ratzon on each item eaten, be it the head of a fish or ram, the carrots that are made especially sweet, or other foods.
In a decision likely to prolong a Russian ban on lending art to American museums, a federal judge on Thursday ordered Russia to pay a fine of $43.7 million for refusing to return a collection of Jewish books and documents to the Hasidic Chabad-Lubavitch group.