Three Days til Rosh Hashana
Rosh Hashana is celebrated by enjoying wonderful holiday meals with family and friends, trying to reconnect to meaning and spirituality, joining the community to hear the Shofar, and getting re-inspired.
Rosh Hashana is early this year. The summer has just ended and the kids are just getting back into school. So many people have not really thought too much about it.
While there are only a few days left until the Jewish New Year, there is still much you can do to get ready. Here are a few simple ideas:
· Read up a little on the holiday. Google words like Rosh Hashana, Jewish holidays, etc and you’ll find a treasure-trove of info. Between now and Wednesday night, devote 30 minutes to reading some holiday inspiration for adults. And another 30 for some stories and games for kids. It’ll add so much to your holiday experience that it is worth the investment.
· Go Rosh Hashana shopping. Yes, for presents: Giving kids something special for the Jewish holidays is always a good idea. It doesn’t have to be anything major or expensive. Just something they’ll like and that will bring a smile to their faces. Husbands: buy your wives something nice for the holidays. Maimonides says so. Moms usually have enough on their shoulders at this time of year, but buying or making something special for your spouse never hurts (are you reading this, honey? J). Furthermore, don’t forget to get the Rosh Hashana essentials: apples and round challahs to dip in honey, as well as other traditional foods. There are many great Kosher wines and grape juices – you don’t have to be stuck with kinds you don’t enjoy.
· If your kids are little, find an hour or two between now and Wednesday evening to do a family Rosh Hashana art project. Many exist online – you can google them to find what works best: coloring pages, making a cover for the Challah or honey holder – whatever. Get the kids doing something fun and thinking about the coming day. Anticipation is key.
· If you don’t already have seats, figure out where you are going for synagogue services. This is not a holiday to be alone. It is a time to be enjoy beautiful melodies, hear the Shofar, and be inspired by a great sermon. Make sure the shul has a good kids’ program. Time are tough so if you can’t afford seats, every Jewish community has services that are free (I hate the idea of paying for tickets, but many synagogues are in dire financial straits so you can’t blame them…).
· Perhaps most importantly, let yourself look fw to the holiday. A positive attitude spreads.
Wishing you a wonderful year filled with love, success, and inspiration
Kesiva ve hasima tova