Tonight, along with the rest of the world’s Jewish population, I’ll be celebrating Rosh Ha Shana, the Jewish new year.
There’s a lot of symbolism with this holiday (one of my favorites!) and dipping apples in honey — for a sweet new year — is just one of them that remind me of my childhood, my family, my heritage.
And given all that is going to change in my life in the coming year, I thought now would be a good time to express my gratitude for all the blessings in my life; the people whose kindness and generosity with their thoughts and actions have touched me in ways they might not even realize–but for whom I am so glad are a part of my life.
It’s also a time to reassess the past year and reflect on those we might have hurt through our words or actions, and to heal whatever wounds we can. No one is perfect, and this holiday is always a good reminder that we can change the direction of our lives if we choose; we can mend hurts and move on and forge ahead. Life’s too short to spend it ruminating; it’s meant to be lived — and I feel that is one of the subliminal — but poignant — messages of the High Holidays.
A new year is a fresh beginning. I love that, in my religion, it coincides with the fall/harvest season … my favorite!
And so tonight … wishing you and yours a happy new year —L’Shana Tova!