Thoughtful Revolution



L’Shanah Tovah

As some of you may know, this evening marks the beginning of Rosh Hashanah, otherwise known as the Jewish New Year.  Rosh Hashanah is about a week before Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement and arguably the holiest day in the Jewish calendar; the days in between are known as the Days of Awe.

Jewish tradition has it that the Days of Awe period is a time for reflection, resolution and repentance — a time to meditate on the successes and failures of the last year in your life.  It’s a time to rectify what you can with apologies, and a time to start on the path of rational, meaningful self-improvement.  And it’s a time to think on the tenets and traditions of the Jewish faith, and how you yourself fit into that broader tapestry of Judaism.

Accordingly, from now until the sun sets on Yom Kippur, my posts will all be somehow related to the Jewish religion — its history, its rituals, its controversies, its heroes and misfits, its artistic and cultural manifestations, its practitioners both local and global, its iterations and significance in the modern world.  Some of these posts may be more controversial than others; others may be more meditative or emotional than I would usually write.  But, hey, these next few days are a time for experimenting, and for making changes where changes are due — and if anything’s just too terrible to read, you have my sincerest apologies in advance.

The first of these blog posts will be published this afternoon.  In the meantime, l’shanah tovah umetukah — a happy and sweet new year.

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