The start of a new year

This is a special time of year for me. With the Jewish High Holidays upon us, there comes an opportunity for more time with my family. I am never happier than when we are all together and the dinner table (and our glasses) is full. Tonight was one of those nights.

Today is Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year. We spent the morning at synagogue. I don’t attend services very often but I thoroughly enjoy being a part of the community. During the service, our rabbi spoke about letting go of the past and not holding onto grudges. She encouraged us to think about finding ways to move on from our past mistakes or failures and look to the future. She questioned us to stop asking ourselves “shoulda, coulda, woulda.” Should I have done something differently? Could I have done something differently? Why would’ve that person done that?

Instead of spending our new year dwelling on the past, let’s spend this time focusing on the now and the future. Let’s focus on using our past to grow for the our future, instead of holding onto the guilt which haunts us.

Tonight we had a “typical” family dinner, filled with lots of delicious food and drinks at my grandma’s house. My heart and my belly are so full. These are the days that make life so sweet. Shana Tova!




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