2017 Day-By-Day

Day 203

The summer seems to have flown by. For me, the unofficial start of the holiday season is marked by the postman delivering the High Holy Days info booklet and ticket requests from Temple. I have mixed feelings about holidays in general and converting to Judaism only exacerbated these feelings, a time when when I’m trying to simply make it through each day.

Rosh Hashanah falls in September this year, followed by Yom Kippur and a slew of Jewish holidays that takes us into Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Christmas. I’ll be trying to shield myself from the onslaught of emotions that come each year while trying to make this time of renewal as meaningful as possible.

My life is pretty much a series of contradictions.

 A New Year
By Rabbi Annie Lewis

“I am running into a new year . . .”
—Lucille Clifton

I am running now
into a new year.
How it hurts
to run into something,
even to walk into it
instead of passing it by,
to pause here
at this doorway
in time,
age-old and brand new,
to stand in this arch and
cry out
to the dome of the universe,
to break through the ceiling
with song.
Follow the light through
the cracks now
and find your way back
to the Source.

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