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by Christa on September 5, 2013

in Daily Digest,Holidays Happen,Just Nothing

It’s a new year. Did you know that?

Last night began Rosh Hashanah (Jewish new year) and the year 5774. Rosh Hashanah, the Days of Awe (10 days that follow) and Yom Kippur are the High Holy Days in Judaism.

It’s said that the Book of Life is opened each year on Rosh Hashanah and during the Days of Awe, it’s determined who will be inscribed – who will live and who will die. The book is sealed on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.

Apples and honey, for a sweet new year.


I try to focus on Judaism during High Holidays, since I’m not terribly religious and we don’t go to temple um…ever (but all Jews go during High Holidays, which is why temples can charge awesome amounts for tickets to the services). We did join a synagogue; figured we should be kosher before Baby Girl gets here, plus we would love to have a naming ceremony for her. It’s very important to us that she’s raised Jewish – in the religion, the community, and the culture. That’s probably my favorite part of being Jewish – the sense of community. Of being part of a people.

Now that I think about it, this was our 3rd Rosh Hashanah at Emanu El. Anyway, I digress.

I’m not religious. I don’t think I am generally around religious people, either. At least my friends, family, and I don’t talk about G-d or theology. It’s funny because religion so intrigues me; I still love to read about different religions and learn different beliefs. But put into practice, I’m just not into it. Definitely not as much as I once was! A few years ago I could read Hebrew no problem. Now I can follow along in the book but it would take me awhile if you just handed me some random prayers without transliteration – and that’s WITH the vowel markings. You just forget if you don’t practice.

Let’s face it – practicing religion is a snoozefest. We went to the 8:45pm service last night and didn’t get home til nearly 11. The d’var (sermon) was easily 20 minutes long. I have no idea what was discussed past the first 5 because like everyone else, I was studying the temple bulletin like there was going to be a test later – looking for a distraction. I do remember that it was called “Have Faith.” A doctor had told him, “Have faith, rabbi,” when his newborn son was getting an MRI. Like it’s that easy, even for someone whose job it is to have faith.

But I know we’ll start practicing now. It will be nice, albeit a bit dull. I don’t know how well I’ll handle it if it starts to push up on Saturday Long Run time! :)  I like that it will give our daughter a framework. Something to believe in, til she grows up and makes her own decisions about what she believes (or doesn’t believe, whatever the case may be).

A new year is always great, isn’t it? A chance to start over? Now, Rosh Hashanah doesn’t come with grandiose plans to join a gym and color coordinate my closet (actually, I plan to quit 24 Hour Fitness pretty soon – and maybe ironically join the Y?). But it’s fun to know that THIS year certainly holds surprises…and will be sweeter than we could ever imagine. I have faith in that.

L’Shanah Tovah!


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