We are nearing the end of the Hebrew month of Elul. Elul has been a time of introspection, a time to look back and reflect on our past year, and think about what our journey through the next year will be like. During Elul, as Rabbi Simon Jacobson so beautifully describes it, we prepare to enter “a renewed relationship with our own souls . . .” (60 Days, A Spiritual Guide to the High Holidays, 2008, p. 11).The first day of the upcoming month of Tishrei is also called Rosh HaShana, the first day of the New Year on the Hebrew calendar. The eve of Rosh HaShana will be celebrated this coming Sunday by Jews around the world.There are special prayers; traditions of giving thanks; blessings over special foods – each with a unique significance; a symbolic casting away of our sins from the past year; and many other meaningful traditions for this holiday. And, as always, there are songs!
One of my favorite Hebrew songs for Rosh HaShanah is this delightful melody above, Ba Shana Haba’ah. The refrain speaks of how good things will be in the coming year. . . . . sitting on the porch watching the migrating birds overhead . . . . a heron spending its wings in the sun. What a beautiful vision for the upcoming journey!
Wishing you a joyous, sweet New Year full of good health and many blessings~!