Sunday, September 28, 2008

Happy Rosh HaShana!

The holiday season is starting for Jews all over the world, and here in Israel it's especially prominent with everyone on vacation, buying gifts and planning to spend time with family. The high holidays, Rosh HaShana and Yom Kippur, will be followed by Sukkot - which means that for the next three weeks or so, my blogging will be much less regular than usual, and most likely I won't be able to reply to emails as quickly as I normally try.

As usual, I'm looking forward to this special time of deepest reflection and repentance, as we stand in awe in front of the Lord. Spending time with loved ones and family is something I've always enjoyed, too, and this year is the first I will be entering as a new wife - which makes it even more special.

We're spending Rosh HaShana with my in-laws, and I'm looking forward to getting to know their holiday traditions.

I sincerely hope the fast of Yom Kippur goes easily for me. Similarly to Tisha b'Av, it will mean over 24 hours without food and water, and I hope I can handle it as easily and without complications as the previous fast. Naturally, I will keep a close watch on myself, and if anything goes amiss, it will be handled promptly.

I wish all my Jewish readers much joy and many blessings in this upcoming new year. Shana tova!

13 comments:

Rose said...

Dear Anna and Mr T,

I wish you all good things.

Rose in Oz

Kat with a K said...

Happy Rosh HaShana! I know you're busy right now, but if/when you have time later, I'd love to know if you have a recommended book or article/site that provides an intro to these holidays. I am Catholic but find Judaism fascinating and would love to learn more.

Anonymous said...

Be very careful, please. Our daughter in law became dehydrated (because of illness) and almost lost the baby at the seventh month part of her pregnancy. Don't expecting mothers get some sort of "pass" ? Have you asked your rabbi? Our DIL said that the baby stopped moving when she was dehydrated and they went to the hospital where she was given multiple IVs...the baby survived and is now a healthy two year old. Surely there must be some medical compromise. You three are in my prayers.

Elizabeth said...

And a happy Rosh HaShannah to you too, dear Anna! :) *Hug!*

Mrs. Anna T said...

Anonymous: expectant mothers and breastfeeding mothers only have to observe the fasts of Tisha b'Av and Yom Kippur, and are released from other fasts. Of course, if a pregnant woman feels ill, dizzy, or in any way unwell, she must break the fast immediately. However my last fast wasn't in any way more difficult than those I observed prior to pregnancy, and I believe God protects those who obey His laws.

Anonymous said...

Happy Rosh HaShana, Mr, Mrs. and baby T! :)

Wishing you a peaceful and joyous holiday, filled with precious moments with loved ones!

Praying for you,
W

Anonymous said...

The happiest of holidays to you & your yours, Anna! Wishing you all the best...

Brenda

Amber said...

Hello! Wishing you and your family a Happy Holy Day season! We are getting ready to start ours tomorrow night and are busy busy busy! Have a wonderful time with your in-laws. What do you do for the Feast of Tabernacles???? Traditions???

Amber

Analytical Adam said...

Well happy Rosh Hosahana and I hope you have an easy fast. I have nothing to look forward to in this case and I don't even know where I am going for Rosh Hashana and my own family doesn't care and neither does anybody else for that matter in my "Orthodox" family(although I should have prepared a little more and now a so called friend wants me to spend more money then I can for an event. IN the past my family and my families friends have lied to me and if they do that who can I trust? But I am sure the Rabbi's will say how terrible men are even though they do very little to help them and G-d forbid SOME compassion should be shown to them inclding mothers not to not just use their sons as scapegoats for everything and other problems(like I was growing up.) even recognize in certain area's they are more vunerable then women are (like boys are more likely to be taken advandage of in the home as I have been my whole 35years of existence because women have more control in the home which is the way it is but don't abuse the situation) although women are vunerable in different area's. I hope this changes in the coming year at least among some communities in just leting men hang in the wind and if they express concerns blaming them. And I have to deal with two Jewish women who brag about everything (and think they are victims which they are not) and think they are religious although their behavior is really bad because all form of Judaism today hold that women are always victims which isn't ALWAYS the case. But at least the Rabbi's are concerned about not offending them. I wish they were just as concerned about not offending men.

I'm sorry if I have to be so negative but you seem to be intelligent and caring and therefore I am sharing that not all is well in the Orthodox world and in family life.

Mrs. Anna T said...

Adam, I'm sorry you're facing such a lonely holiday season. Here we live in a community where you can be expected to be invited to *anyone's* table, in fact we've hosted complete strangers for Shabbat... but I understand it's not the same everywhere. I hope it works out somehow and you have a happy Rosh HaShana anyway.

Rose said...

Happy Holidays, Anna. PLEASE be careful in your fasting.

Allison said...

Shana tova! I've been reading your blog for a while now and quite enjoy it!

Laura said...

hi I enjoy your blog. I homeschool my five children. We have been studying the old Testament and the Jewish feasts this year. We went to Temple on Tuesday. What an awesome experience we had!We loved the blowing of the shofar..We are looking forward to Yon Kippur and especially Sukkoth. Do you have any sugestions on how to best observe these special biblical days? Laura