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Jewish Holiday Season

Posted on: September 25, 2011

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  I suppose I shouldn’t start a post about Jewish holidays with Johnny Mathis’ famous Christmas song for a title but it’s in my head, but what can I say-it is the most wonderful time of the year.  Sure we have to make certain that our name is written in the book of life, but before that that there is honey to be had, apples to dip, pomegranates to eat, raisin challah to bake and after comes Sukkot!  I looked at my calendar yesterday evening and couldn’t help but smile.  There are so many holidays back to back to back over the next month, it’s simply a great time of year. 


This morning I woke up with two thoughts in my head.  The first is the chapter in my friend Andrea’s book The Choosing where her family barges into her room just past midnight blowing horns, setting off poppers, and clanging pans to wish her a happy Jewish New Year for Rosh Hashanah.  Just back from Israel, Andrea is sure that she’s being bombed and starts to panic when she notices her father’s flamboyant purple New Years Eve hat.  I haven’t really talked to my family about Rosh Hashanah and it being the Jewish New Year so I can’t imagine that something like that will happen, but you never know.  The second thought was, I’m going to be homeless for the Holidays!  There are two services that I can go to, but Rosh Hashanah is so much about family and friends. So when you’re a New Jew without a Jewish family and Jewish friends leaving to be with family that “New Jew Loneliness” kicks in a bit harder.  So what to do?  Plan Rosh Hashanah dinner and invite friends who may or may not be Jewish, but will enjoy having black eyed peas, hearing the sound of the shofar, drinking wine and dipping apples into honey.

Shanah Tovah!

4 Responses to "Jewish Holiday Season"

May I have your address? I’d like to send you a card. You can email it privately to mikvahorbust@gmail.com

I’ll e-mail you this afternoon, Natalie.

This is going to be such an exciting holiday season! Between my conversion and then the birth of my son on 9/15 (bris yesterday!), there’s so much to celebrate beginnings-wise and be thankful for.

I hope you have a sweet and fulfilling New Year!

Mazel tovs all around! You truly are going to have a sweet new year! Shanah tovah!

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