Thank you, rmless2, and the same to you. The holidays are a bit lonesome these days. My family's rather scattered. I sure do miss my mom's holiday dinners -- no one makes chicken soup or chopped liver like she does (I guess she's entitled to retire at age 98). I do have a brisket in the freezer for the occasion. (I'm what I'd call an atheist/humanist Jew, but I do still love the food. : )
I didn't know that expression. A quick google led me to this news: the pope receiving 'World Jewish Congress leaders' and wishing them and jews world wide shana tova. I'm a sucker for inter faith conversation&understanding.
Happy new year!
For anyone interested -- my favorite Rosh Hashanah tradition is apple slices with honey. You may want to do this -- to track the tradition, have some this evening with someone you love and wish them a sweet new year.
It's also my father's 15th yahrzeit (fifteen years from the day he died). I just lit a candle for him. I don't have a congregation, so I said Kaddish alone (I had to look it up). I don't know why, being an atheist, but he would have liked it. He never said Kaddish for his father (long history there). It can be for them both. There should be peace in a family.
I went to services in the Prospect Park picnic house today, and it was very nice.
The apples and honey we had last night at the in-laws were mealy and yucky, but they had crisp granny smiths after services today, and my sister brought some other good variety to my house for dinner tonight.
Tashlich (a ceremony where you symbolically cast your sins/ crumbs of bread into a river) has always been my favorite part of the holidays but I missed the temple service today.
Luckily, you can do tashlich any time between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, and it still counts :)
I think I am going to walk to the Hudson tomorrow and have a little ceremony with my friend once she gets out of work.
It's a really interesting, reflective time for me and I like the holidays and thinking about the last and coming years.
For those who don't know, the idea is that the book of life is open now between the holidays, and everything that is going to happen to you in the next year is decided and written and the book is closed at the end of Yom Kippur.
I like the line in the prayers right after that one, which says that the severity of the judgement can be lessened by good deeds and thoughts.
We talked today in temple about forgiveness, and how there is one school of Jewish thought that now is the time to forgive everyone everything, and one that says you can hold on to certain grudges until they are resolved (like if someone owes you money or has killed someone, it should be resolved by a judge).
Also it is the best time to listen to Leonard Cohen's Who by fire and feel really deep.