Saturday, September 23, 2006

Rosh Hashana today

Rosh Hashana is the first day of the Jewish new year.  On this day we stand in judgement and pray for a good year.  It is said that on Rosh Hashana our fate is written and on Yom Kippur it is sealed.  I am not especially religious, but I enjoy many of the traditions of Judaism.  The family has not belonged to a temple since Lee's Bar Mitzvah 5 years ago.  There was an orthodox temple within walking distance of my home.  Over the years the Jewish population of my neighborhood has diminished drastically.  Most of the buildings opened in the early 1950s when the Jews who moved in were young adults.  As time went on most passed away or moved to Florida.  The synagogue building was sold to the adjacent nursing home.  As part of the deal the congregants were allowed to use a community room in the nursing home for services indefinitely.  So for the last 3 years we have gone to those orthodox services.  Almost all of the service is in Hebrew.  I enjoyed the reeform service more since it was mostly in English.  A happy and healthy new year to all readers of this blog.

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