Rosh Hashanah, 2011

It’s that time of year again, one of my favorite holidays: Rosh Hashanah or the Jewish New Year.

Jews around the world, Orthodox and secular alike, take stock of the previous year during the Days of Awe leading up to the day of atonement, Yom Kippur. We look at any wrongs we may have incflicted and do our best to make them right. We also forgive those wrongs done to us. Additionally, we think about the next year, what will be different, what will be our “new year’s resolutions.” This holiday also features some spectacular food, natch.

I like my fellow Jews will dine on sweet foods to symbolize sweetness for the New Year and then fast on Yom Kippur the following week to atone.

However, you certainly don’t need to be Jewish or wait until December 31 to look over that past year, and right and wrongs you may have done and make resolutions for the New Year. Perhaps it’s really stick to your gluten-free diet if you’re asymptomatic celiac; perhaps it’s finally get to see that allergist and get your food allergies confirmed; maybe it’s having that talk with that one family member who still teases you that you’re allergic (yes, I have that one too).

Regardless, taking stock is always a good thing.

Here’s wishing you all a sweet new year. l’Shana tova.


Daniel said…
Interesting... the topic of Rosh Hashanah came up a few times over the past week, and being non-Jewish, I had no clue what it was about.

Good entry... I appreciate the info.

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