Day of Atonement

For many adherents, the Day of Atonement is a significant observance, the holiest of all holy days. It’s a day of penance for the year’s mistakes and sins, traditionally a day of sacrifices, fasting and prayer. It’s also traditional to give alms, do good deeds for others, and spend time making amends and apologizing toContinue reading “Day of Atonement”

Celebrating the Feast of Trumpets

Kingship, revelation, proclaiming of trust — Yom Teruah might just become my favorite autumn holiday. Post-Biblically, the holiday also began to represent the New Year festival, a celebration of the creation of the world. What a rich landscape on which to meditate! The Feast of Trumpets is a day of proclaiming that God is king.Continue reading “Celebrating the Feast of Trumpets”

Shout to the Lord!

In just a few days we celebrate the Feast of Trumpets (Yom Teruah). In Rabbinic literature and tradition, this holiday has become Rosh Hashanah, or the Jewish New Year. It’s not clear when the Day of Shouting, as it’s also called, became the New Year celebration, as these are not connected in the original institutionContinue reading “Shout to the Lord!”

Fall festivals

As summer quickly turns into fall, we begin the yearly festival cycle anew. I like to think of the year as a “wheel” with summer at the bottom and winter at the top. The festivals we celebrate in the fall begin the annual cycle and turn the wheel as we journey through life. Repetition ofContinue reading “Fall festivals”