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L'Shana Tova: Jewish New Year Begins Today at Sundown

Millions of Jews today are preparing to celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year.

 Jews all over the world will celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the New Year, today.

When coming into synagogue, they say, "L’Shana Tova" to each other, which literally means, "To a Sweet Year"; but how does that translate into everyday life?

Each year, our family gathers around the dinner table after services on Rosh Hashanah and the person at the head of the table asks, “What is your goal for the new year?”  In years past, people have answered, "world peace" and, "end to hunger" and other world-changing events.

But I like to keep my goals rather personal. My answer when my children were smaller was more patience, and as they grew I hoped that I could take more time to appreciate everyday life with them. Now, I find myself thinking about meeting my own needs for the first time in many years.

This year, my children are in second and third grades and they no longer need me to help them wash or, play with them constantly. My girls are growing up.

So what would make my new year sweet? I think I would like to take a few minutes each day to enjoy the world around me, maybe meditate or, just stop thinking for a moment. We rush through each day and often forget the little things in life. So this fall, as the Jewish people celebrate the New Year and eat apples dipped in honey to represent the sweetness in life, what will you do to recognize your own goals for the coming year?

Justin September 28, 2011 at 07:51 PM
L'Shana Tova Mary to you and your family!
stephen gray August 07, 2012 at 08:29 AM
Shalom,I was in your nation last year 2011 for ten days in the month of september from the 23/09/2011 to 1/10/2011 and was greeted with an email on the 28/09/2011 L'Shana Tova.so I realised after returning home to New Zealand,if the nation of Israel has ever considered about the prophet Moshi in the book of remembrance this he had to say Happy art thou Israel,if this entire verse became effective through out all generations of the Children of Israel up until 2011 and 2012 your feed back is appreciated yours sincerely Stephen Gray
stephen gray August 07, 2012 at 08:37 AM
I notice that my email indicates on the top right hand corner reject

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