Tonight at sundown begins my favorite of the Jewish holidays: Rosh Ha Shana.
Even if you’re not Jewish like me, you might know that it’s the Jewish New Year.
Fall has always felt like the “new year” to me because of school starting, my birthday, and the Jewish holidays.
This year, the significance and symbolism of Rosh Ha Shana is particularly profound, as I feel like in so many ways I am turning over a new leaf.
Plus, I turn 29 on Thursday so it really is a new year in many ways. (The Jewish holidays don’t always coincide so closely with my birthday)
During the High Holidays, the ten days between Rosh Ha Shana and Yom Kippur (our holiest day of the year, our “Day of Atonement”), we ask those we have offended or wronged during the year for forgiveness, hoping to be inscribed into God’s Book of Life for the coming year. (more…)