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There is a tradition, found mostly in the Chassidic community, of purchasing a new knife for Rosh Hashanah. It is said to be a segulah [spiritually propitious] for parnassah [livelyhood]. In Sefer Tehillim (Psalms) 145:16 we find the following sentence:
פּוֹתֵחַ אֶת-יָדֶךָ; וּמַשְׂבִּיעַ לְכָל-חַי רָצוֹן.
The final letters of the words, פּוֹתֵחַ אֶת-יָדֶךָ [you open up your hand] spell the word חתך - Chatach [cut] which is the name of the Angel in charge of Parnassah. Additionally, the word that follows in the verse, וּמַשְׂבִּיעַ - u'masbe'a [and satisfy] has the numerical value of 428 – the same value as the word "chatach." For this reason, purchasing a new, sharp knife is a segulah, for livelihood, which we petition from Hashem for the upcoming year.
In addition, the knife serves as a reminder of the following: -Bris Milah (circumcision), corresponding to the Torah portion on the first day of Rosh Hashanah which describes the first circumcision that was accomplished on the 8th day (on Yitzchok).
-Teshuvah (return to G-d; repentance), the first step of sins being cut off. -Akeidas Yitzchak, Corresponding to the Second day of Rosh Hashanah Torah portion. Avraham took a knife, wood, and fire to offer up Yitzchok as a sacrifice. The knife was used for the second step, on the ram for the sacrifice in place of Yitzchok. Yitzchok became a living sacrifice, a patriarchal example of a holy life with the fire of Torah burning within. Thus, purchasing a new knife would be a reminder of this, to be a living sacrifice.
Now let's not get all sidetracked with all these segulahs for Rosh Hashanah because there are many out there. They are all there to help us stay focused on what we need to think about and how we should approach the Rosh Hashana and how we should be living each and every day.
May Hashem inscribe you and your family, and all the Jewish people, for a year abundant in livelihood—and everything good!
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