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Thursday, September 21, 2006

L' shana tova

As the Jewish New Year approaches, please allow me to wish you Happy New Year. This Friday night starts 10 days of repentance. It is the Jewish New Year called Rosh HaShanah and culminates 10 days later in Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, a solemn day of fasting and praying to G-d to forgive us our sins. During this period we contemplate our lives over the course of the past year and ask G-d to forgive us for our sins against G-d, and the people in our lives. In our tradition, we must also seek the forgiveness of those we harmed or hurt in any way. In between Rosh HaShonah and Yom Kippur are the Days of Awe called Yamim Noraim, a time for serious introspection, a time to consider the sins of the previous year and repent before Yom Kippur.

One of the ongoing themes of the Days of Awe is the concept that G-d has "books" that he writes our names in, writing down who will live and who will die, who will have a good life and who will have a bad life, for the next year. These books are written in on Rosh Hashanah, but our actions during the Days of Awe can alter G-d's decree. The actions that change the decree are "teshuvah, tefilah and tzedakah," repentance, prayer, good deeds (usually, charity). These "books" are sealed on Yom Kippur. This concept of writing in books is the source of the common greeting during this time is "May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year."

Accordingly, I am asking everyone in reach of this post to forgive me for anything I may have done or failed to do this year which brought any grief or hurt whatsoever. Including words said on this blog which should not have been said and failing to act when I should have acted. I wish each of you, your families and love ones, Jew and non-Jew alike, a year of health, peace and happiness. I pray that there will be peace in the world and that we can learn to live together as brothers and sisters.

L'Shana Tova
May each one of you be inscribed for blessing in the Book of Life.
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Blogger barbie2be said...

Margalit, I don't know if it's proper to say Happy Rosh Hashanah (as i'm not Jewish but my sister is) but May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year.

22/9/06 12:19 PM  
Blogger Therapy Doc said...

Wishing you a chativa v chatima l'tova. You'd have loved the 60's, btw. Keep up the great work!


22/9/06 3:57 PM  
Blogger OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

A very very Happy New Year to you and your family Margalit...May the coming year be filled with all good things for you and all those that you love!

25/9/06 8:11 PM  

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