I’m not going to begin to try to explain the intricacies of Rosh Hashanah and the Jewish culture. But, there are some great myths that have driven the religion, as well as being some of the key aspects of the Old Testament in Christianity. I grew up hearing the stories about the “Tower of Babel,” and other Old Testament yarns, but never connected the dots on Jewish holidays until I was much older.
But, being a New Year’s Baby (01-01-54), I never fully embraced Rosh Hashanah, as it conflicted with my claim to New Years. And apparently, EA doesn’t fully embrace it either, as Rosh Hashanah actually starts on Sunday the 9th, and goes through the 11th. It is the Jewish celebration of the Jewish New Year!
And how is EA celebrating this event? By bringing back a bunch of Jewish items from the past, and giving us a couple of new Premium Decorations. Cool! (nobody said that the price of Heaven was free!)
I’m breaking an “Addicts Law” to post this…as we don’t usually post game content on weekends. But, the event will be more than halfway done by Monday…so, I’ll risk getting in trouble from “Mom” (who is happily at home with Sam, our newest Little Addict). So….Let’s take a look!
In the most simplistic terms:
Many Jewish Americans observe Rosh Hashanah, known as the New Year in the Jewish calendar, for two days, while others celebrate the event for one day. It is a time of family gatherings, special meals and sweet foods. Many Jewish peoplecelebrate Rosh Hashana by eating challah bread and apples dipped in honey.
What is the greeting for Rosh Hashanah?
The Hebrew common greeting on Rosh Hashanah is Shanah Tovah (Hebrew: שנה טובה) (pronounced [ʃaˈna toˈva]), which translated from Hebrew means “[have] a good year”. Often Shanah Tovah Umetukah (Hebrew: שנה טובה ומתוקה), meaning “A Good and Sweet Year”, is used.
But is there a Jewish Heaven??
The questions are endless. Jewish wisdom offers no definitive answer. We can identify, however, several core teachings.
- There is an afterlife: Texts from every era in Jewish life identify a world where people go when they die. In the Bible it’s an underworld called Sheol. In the rabbinic tradition it’s known by a number of names, including the yeshiva shel mallah, the school on high. The Hebrew word for skies, shamayim, also came to refer to heaven.
- Heaven has open door policy: Heaven is not a gated community. The righteous of any people and any faith have a place in it. Our actions, not our specific beliefs, determine our fate. No concept of Hell exists in Judaism. The closest we get is the fate of apostate (a person who renounces God, faith and morality in this world), who is said to be “cut off from his kin.”
- The afterlife can take many forms: Professor A.J. Levine expresses this truth most eloquently, “Jewish beliefs in the afterlife are as diverse as Judaism itself, from the traditional view expecting the unity of flesh and spirit in a resurrected body, to the idea that we live on in our children and grandchildren, to a sense of heaven (perhaps with lox and bagels rather than harps and haloes).”
- The afterlife is here on earth: One strand of Jewish thought sees heaven as a transitory place where souls reside after death. They reside there until they reunite with their physical bodies at the time when messiah comes. Rabbi Shmuley Boteach articulates this view in his early book, The Wolf Shall Lie with the Lamb. This approach differs from reincarnation since the return to life happens only in the messianic era, not as a regular occurrence, as in Hinduism.
- We live on through others: The Reform Jewish prayerbook expresses this idea through the metaphor of a leaf and a tree. A leaf drops to the ground, but it nourishes the soil so more plants and trees spring up. The same is true in our lives. We nourish the future through the influence we have on those who follow us. It can happen in unimaginable ways.
OK…I’ll let you decide which you want to believe. It is as complex a question as any, regarding the afterlife.
But…In the HERE AND NOW…WE GET FREE DONUTS!!!!
And the chance to buy a bunch of new and Old (Testament) Items!
This is Storyline that fires when you buy Jewish Heaven… Which you Should, by the way!
Rosh Hashanah Pt. 1
After tapping on Rabbi Krustofsky’s exclamation mark:
Rabbi Krustofsky: I was thinking, we never have guests over.
God: I wouldn’t be able to walk around in my robe if we had guests, Krustofsky. You know I like my alone time.
Rabbi Krustofsky: How about just one guest? I would love to see my son.
God: Oh my Me. I can’t say no to that face. Fine. But only for one day.
Task: Make Krusty Go to Jewish Heaven (4h, Jewish Heaven)
Quest reward: 100 cash and 10XP
Rosh Hashanah Pt. 2
After completing Rosh Hashanah Pt. 1:
Rabbi Krustofsky: It’s good to see you again, son! I’ve missed you.
Krusty: Hi, Dad. Hey-Hey, God. What’s the kid doing here?
God: Trying to get him away from video games. Jesus, put the controller down!
Rabbi: Krusty, I’m glad you’re spending New Year’s Day with me. Did you bring my Shofar?
Krusty: It’s right in my big clown pocket!
Task: Make Krusty Blow His Shofar (4h, Jewish Heaven)
Quest reward: Cash 100 and XP 10
Rosh Hashanah Pt. 3
After completing Rosh Hashanah Pt. 2:
God: It’s time for you to go, Krusty.
Rabbi Krustofsky: I hate saying goodbye.
Krusty: Tell ya what, how about we eat some Krusty Burgers together before I go?
Rabbi Krustofsky: Guess I can’t get any deader. Sure.
Task: Make Krusty Share a Last Meal (4h, Jewish Heaven)
Quest reward: Cash 100 and XP 10
Rosh Hashanah Pt 4
After completing Rosh Hashanah Pt. 3
Devil Flanders: Hottily-hoodily, underground neighborino! Welcome to H-e-double bent paper clips!
Krusty: What the-? How did I end up here? God said he was sending me home.
Devil Flanders: I’ll bet he didn’t specify which home. Pull up a pitchfork and get poking.
Krusty: I have to get out of here!
Task: Make Krusty Try to Escape Jewish Hell (4h, Jewish Heaven)
Krusty: This clown can’t stay down. You gotta get me back up to Springfield.
Devil Flanders: What do I get by letting you go?
Krusty: I’ll give you the souls of everyone who eats a Krusty Burger.
Devil Flanders: They have to eat AND digest it.
Krusty: Guh. That’s asking a lot.
Quest reward: Cash 200 and XP 20