More than 1,000,000 Israelis spent the Rosh Hashanah holiday outside their homes, with relatives, in kibbutzim and in hotels, enjoying balmy weather. The synagogues were crowded, and many of the smaller houses of worship found themselves without cantors because of a shortage. Even army units had to look for civilian cantors for their services in military camps and remote posts.
The markets were over flooded with goods on the day preceding Rosh Hashanah, and the prices on commodities were somewhat higher than usual, but the supply was more than adequate. There was a shortage in flowers and prices on them ran very high.
Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Nissim’s office disclosed the Chief Rabbi had received for the first time Rosh Hashanah greetings from Moscow’s Chief Rabbi, Yehuda Leib Levin. New Year’s greetings were received also from the Czecho Slovakian Chief Rabbi Eliyahu Katz, the Federation of Jewish communities of Yugoslavia, Chief Rabbi Moses Rosen of Rumania, and Endre Sos, president of the Central Board of Hungarian Jews in Budapest.
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