Monday, September 17, 2001

From left, Estee Krasnjansky, 3, Molly Kaplin, 6,
Sonyah Seiden, 7, and Morshe Krasnjansky, 6,
sanded down bulls' horns yesterday at Chabad of
Hawaii in Manoa. The horns were hollowed and
made into shofar, the traditional horn used to
awaken the Jewish people to return to God.

Youngsters prepare horns
for Jewish New Year

By Leila Fujimori

About a dozen Jewish youngsters sanded and polished bulls' horns yesterday to prepare for Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, which begins with services tonight.

The horns were made into shofar, the traditional horn used to awaken the Jewish people to return to God.

Asked what the shofar is used for, 7-year-old Sonyah Seiden answered, "To cry out to God."

"It sounds like a baby crying," she said as she sanded a horn.

The special pre-holiday Sunday school session held at the Chabad of Hawaii in Manoa also featured discussion of last week's disastrous terrorist attacks on the East Coast and how Rosh Hashanah related to them.

"I don't think we should take it out on other people like other Muslims, or on Afghanistan because they didn't necessarily take part in it," said Martine Seiden, 12.

Pearl Krasnjansky, who conducted the Sunday school in sessions for the children and older youth, explained that Rosh Hashanah is a time for forgiveness, mercy, compassion and doing good.

"Helping other people becomes like a chain," said 13-year-old Inbar Maor. "More and more people do it."

The youths wrote and decorated cards for the New York City firefighters and the families of victims in the Sept. 11 tragedies.

Rabbi Itchel Krasnjansky of the Chabad Synagogue will conduct Rosh Hashanah services at 6:45 p.m. tonight, 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. tomorrow and 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Sunset Towers, 419 Atkinson Dr., 6th Floor. Children's services will be held 10 a.m. tomorrow and Wednesday. Call 735-8161 for more information.

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