Three Days Stuck With Family May Have You Praying for Divine Intervention

Two-day holiday sound like a lot? Try three-day on for size. The holiday of Rosh Hashanah will still last its regular 49 hours, but because it runs directly into Shabbat, it will mean three days of prayers, lots of meals and no driving or Internet for the Orthodox public.

Shofar AP Sept. 5, 2010

Many Jews throughout the world will find themselves, happily or not so happily, trapped under the same roof with their relatives for the entire three days.

Each year on the eve of the holidays, secular newspapers devote space to the opinions of psychologists about the stress some people may find themselves under when they must spend the holidays with their families, stress that could be compounded by the three-day stretch.

The ultra-Orthodox press has a somewhat different take on the three day hiatus from the daily grind. For example, the weekly Mishpacha included a selection of recipes that can be prepared ahead of time and frozen, ready to be thawed and used for any one of the six main meals to be served. Over the past few weeks the ultra-Orthodox newspapers have been peppered with ads by appliance chains offering special deals on freezers.

Although the Orthodox do not travel or carry out most kinds of work on the holiday, they can transfer fire from an existing flame to cook a meal or smoke a cigarette.