The Brisket leftovers are have been eaten, Bubbe’s recipes are put away, and all the holidays this month are over. Now what?
Rosh Hashanah brought us the sweet taste of the New Year. Apples and honey were devoured, as were all the new fruits, circular challahs, and honey cakes. On Rosh Hashanah, the custom was performed of actively throwing our sins away during Tashlich as we did Teshuvah in preparation for the day of judgement.
Yom Kipper was our time to reflect. We fasted and turned away from anything that might distract us from our conversations with G-d. We all prayed in hopes that we would be written and sealed in the book of life.
Our focus was then shifted to a more joyful event: Sukkot. The Sukkahs were built, our Lulavim and Etrogim were shaken, and we spent time in our temporary homes outside.
On Simchat Torah, we paraded through the streets and our synagogues celebrating our Torah, and ending the holiday month B’Simcha—with joy.
The New Year is a time for growth and reflection; a time to set goals with yourself and with G-d that you intend to follow for the upcoming year. It is important that you all hold up your end of the bargain that you made with G-d and with yourself. Religious changes, social changes, internal changes; whatever the case. To ask G-d to write you in the book of life means you are making a commitment for growth.
May you all find a way to hold true to your word and have a year filled with growth and joy!
And only 158 days, 10 hours, and 30 minutes until Pesach! The countdown begins!