Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Happy New Year
A Peruvian shaman, when he first saw the Washington Monument said, "Oh. That's for the star people." I agree completely!
Happy Rosh HaShana, y'all. Today is the launch, the fanfare (literally) that takes Jews into the High Holy Days, our new year's observance. I love the HHD; it's my favorite Jewish holiday. During the HHD, we're supposed to be introspective; I am so at home at this time. We reflect on the year just past, make amends when possible, seek forgiveness, grant forgiveness, and - well - wash the slate clean, as much as we can. On Yom Kippur we set things straight with God by facing God directly. It's a formidable set of circumstances that surround Yom Kippur, the fasting, the singing followed by more singing and praying all day long, etc. Whew!
Yep, the HHD is not a holiday for sissies! Observing Yom Kippur builds character. I love it!
There have been years when I had to make so many apologies. Talk about building character! Sheesh. Other times I've used the holiday as a motivation to let go of old hurts, grudges and such, to release and forgive as much as possible. Who knows what it'll be like this year? I've had a really big year in terms of change. A LOT has happened, whoa. Time is my luxury, so a nice long holiday provides a spaciousness I'll need to process everything that has transpired.
The meeting with the shaman was great. Below is a photo of her arms. It was fantastic to chat with a kindred soul, a great way to kick off the Days of Awe.
I'm sorry, forgive me, I love you, thank you. Amen and Shalom!