Have a Good Year!
Well, it's the end of Rosh ha-Shanah and it didn't go as I'd planned. Isn't that how it works most of the time?
I'd hoped to put on a beautiful dinner party with a house full of friends to share the meal. I'd hoped to attend synagogue on the Erev of Rosh ha-Shanah and again today. I'd especially hoped to join in on the Tashlich portion of the service where, after prayers are recited, each person empties their pockets of bread crumbs onto the water. This is symbolic of casting our sins upon the water by which we give them to the Lord that He may purify us. (Micah 7:19)
But, it just didn't happen that way.
Mainly because I simply didn't have time to prepare. Instead of preparing for the dinner party and all the other ins and outs, I was spending time with my Father whom has not been home in 8.5 years. And, I'm enjoying every minute of it.
So, instead of being upset that things didn't go as planned so that I may present my "picture perfect event" unto the Lord. I have cast off the guilt and enjoyed the gift that the Lord has given to me....very special time spent with Dad.
In light of that, we had a very non-traditional Rosh ha-Shanah. Instead of a house full of guests, we had one dear family come over. And, instead of a table cloth and fancy silverware, we ate at the table with mismatched "whatever was clean" stuff while the kids ate picnic style in the living room.
We did manage to throw together a pretty nice meal. At least that's what my stomach thinks.
Which included a round raisin challah representing the yearly cycle.
And, I made a honey cake. YUM!! Traditionally, honey is eaten on the Jewish New Year to represent the sweet things the Lord will pour forth...or the sweet things for the coming year. I especially love this recipe because it has a secret ingredient....coffee. So Good.
Now that Rosh ha-Shanah has ended, we have embarked upon the 10 days of Awe leading up to Yom Kippur. I have a holy fear of the Lord during this time and can't wait to share this with you.
For now, I leave you this clip. A very non-traditional blowing of the Shofar. You know, to go with the theme of our day.
BTW, the Bible story depicted in the song is the Torah portion read all over the world in synagogues. I have goose bumps just thinking about it.