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Rosh Hashanah

Once in awhile a change in season coincides with an important holiday.

On September 23  autumn begins and at sundown, September 24, the start of the Jewish New Year begins. What parallels can we draw from this? Given we can feel the crispness in the air, the drop in temperature marking the start of autumn, I’ll begin by talking about the meaning of the Jewish New Year.

The holiday is known by different names – the most popular being Rosh Hashonah.  It falls once a year and occurs ten days before Yom Kippur. Together, these two High Holidays in Hebrew mean The Days of Awe. Some believe it is the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve. Another way to think about it is as the birthday of the world.

The Jewish New Year holiday has many customs such as the sounding of the Shofar  (rams horn),  and the eating of apples with honey for a sweet new year.

Iflickr shofart is also known as the Day of Judgement when three books are opened, wherein the fate of the wicked, the righteous, and the intermediate class are recorded. Jewish tradition teaches that during the High Holy Days God decides who will live and who will die during the coming year. As a result, during these days Jews embark upon the serious task of examining their lives and repenting for any wrongs committed during the previous year.

Jews are encouraged to make amends with anyone they have wronged and to make plans for improving themselves and relationships during the coming year. It is a way of making peace in the community and striving to be a better person.

And even though the theme of Rosh Hashanah is life and death, it is a holiday filled with hope for the New Year. Jews believe that God is compassionate and just, and that God will accept prayers for forgiveness.

When Rosh Hashanah arrives, we commit ourselves to a more intense bond with God and to redoubling our efforts in perfecting the world.

New season – new spiritual season

Fallcollage blogNew beginnings and comparisons. Fall marks the end of summer, a time of change and both the new fall season and the holiday season create an opportunity to look ahead.  We can either resist the change or embrace it and move forward.

As leaves fall or are finally discarded from branches we  look ahead. We can consider what we hope for in the Jewish New Year as we pray for a better year ahead.

As trees become bare, our stomachs become empty on the fast day. It can be a time of depletion and replenishment ahead for the world.

As days become longer we wish for brighter days. The shedding of leaves is similar to a  cleansing of our spiritual home. New seasons mark a new phase -a new season of life when we look internally to learn from our seasons.

Upon the new season, my wish for all, whether you celebrate the Jewish New Year or not is; may you and your families be inscribed and sealed for another year of life.

Shana tova tikateivu v’gmar chatima tova

 

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I loved going to work each day for 30 years as a professional career counselor. When I retired, I explored my creativity and regard for crafts until I discovered beading. At age 68 I turned my new found passion- jewelry design, into a business. At age 72 I took on learning about social media marketing and developing my computer skills. I am sharing my journey from inception, to frustration, to elation -in the hope of inspiring others that 'it is not too late to start again'. Welcome to my re-invention!

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  1. This is a beautiful post about Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. May God inscribe you in the Book of Life for health and happiness this coming year. L’Shana Tovah to you, my friend.

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  2. Roz, what a beautiful way of expressing your thoughts about the correlation of the New Year and the incoming Fall. I love it! I never thoughts of that parallel. Thanks for sharing your views and a wish for all good things for you and your family for the New Year.

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      Thanks Julie Latz. I was so excited when I looked at the calendat and saw the opportunity of the two seasons meshing. May you and yours be inscribed in the Book of Life for another healthy year ahead.

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  3. Very inspiring article. Fall is a great season of change and what better way to welcome change than to commit to changes within ourselves so that we become better and can share that with the rest of the world. I enjoyed reading and learning about this Jewish Holiday, it’s meaning and importance.

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      I agree Jackie Harder. What makes doing it at the New Year is that it is not specific. We ask for forgiveness as if we have offended, as opposed to traditional apology and acceptance over something.

  4. Great post. I love learning about other cultures, their holidays and the importance it is in their lives. What a great season to embrace the renewing of ourselves as well and committing to making this world a better place.

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  5. Lovely and inspiring article Roslyn. It also offered me a new perspective on both the High Holidays and the time of year that continues to be challenging for me. May we all be inscribed and sealed for yet another year. Enjoy wonderful holidays with those you love.

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  6. Thanks for sharing this information. My daughter’s teacher rescheduled her piano lesson because he realized he needed to prepare for the Jewish holiday. It is amazing what don’t you know about other cultures.

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  7. You provided great information here. Something to expand my thinking especially! it seems that it was more pronounced for me this year and I thought about making a post graphic for it but I just never got to do the research to get Rosh Hashonah figured out. Thanks you helped!

  8. What a lovely post Roz and great explanation of both holidays! I am half Jewish and we celebrated a lot of the holidays with the family. I will give this to my kids to read for sure 🙂

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  9. Thank you so much Roz! Great article, there is so much to learn about other cultures. I have the utmost respect for them all ~ and am seeing some extremely inspirational and wonderful things in the Jewish community. And I send you my very best wishes for this time of year as well.

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  10. I love these words that you wrote, Roz: “As days become longer we wish for brighter days. The shedding of leaves is similar to a cleansing of our spiritual home. New seasons mark a new phase -a new season of life when we look internally to learn from our seasons.” Thank you, Roz! Living our lives by the seasons is such a powerful way to connect with Spirit. Is the photo of the collie a picture of Kippie?

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