Preparing for Yamim Noraim

Rosh Hashanah begins on Wednesday at sundown.

I feel like it really should not be quite that time yet, but this is actually fairly late in the year as far as holidays go.  Last year we started our celebrations several days after Labor Day and that was extremely early.

For those members of the group who do not observe, it’s important to note the following: Jewish holidays are always early or late.  They are never on time.

I know that in years past, I have gone to elaborate lengths to sort through outfits, determine what to wear on what day, etc.  This year, my problem is compounded by the fact that we will be celebrating Marcus’ cousin’s bat mitzvah the weekend after Yom Kippur.  So for those of you keeping track, I need 11 outfits instead of seven to be worn over the course of 19 days.  That is six formal (synagogue-appropriate) outfits and five party outfits.

My new goal is to start the week with a clean closet and just see how that goes.  This is me, reaping the rewards of a closet full of business casual and business professional clothing.

For many, Yamim Noraim AKA The High Holy Days AKA The Days Of Awe are a period of reflection and repentance.  If you’re looking for a way to reflect as a part of the New Year (Jewish or not), I highly recommend giving 10Q a try.  I signed up last year at Meredith’s behest and it is a lovely excercise.  They run this project annually, save your responses and then send them to you before the holidays begin.

Another thing to look forward to: I am reading Torah at Marcus’ cousin’s bat mitzvah.  I am incredibly touched that she would allow me to read and it will be the first time that I read from the Torah at our synagogue.  With the help of Marcus’ Uncle John (who provided the recordings of the lines spoken and sung) and Marcus himself, I now have a playlist on my iPhone called Get Your Pray On.  To practice, I listen to the recordings while I read the words on the page and do a sort of sing-a-long.  Every time, it gets just a little bit easier.

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One response to “Preparing for Yamim Noraim

  1. May the holiday be deeply meaningful to you and your family.

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