So I, myself, am not Jewish, but many of my new friends over the last year are. So being the research analyst type person that I am I decided I should find out what all of my friends are celebrating Wednesday night. I had heard of Rosh Hashanah and I knew it was a Jewish celebration, but I did not know it was the Jewish New Year. It is a time of celebration, new beginnings, and reflection. On the surface it seems very similar to New Year’s Day on January 1st. But, when you read about the intent of the High Holiday it is very specific in its purpose to reflect on the last year and compare the results of the year to what was hoped for in the year prior.
For many of us January 1st is just a changing of the calendar and reason to get dressed up and have a party. Many of us do resolutions and various of us make goals. But, it would appear that Rosh Hashanah is very specific in asking as a family, including children, what do you think you needed to improve on and what do you want to accomplish in the coming year. It is not about just turning the calendar and moving on.
What We Can Learn
Reflection both accomplishments and shortcomings is an important part of life and should be done at least once a year and with intent. Getting the children involved in such introspection is important to instill lasting values. Sharing, as a family, our goals and dreams brings about a closeness that cannot be denied.