Sunday, October 2, 2016

Rosh Hashanah Dreaming

Performers from Temple Judea in Tarzana, California, perform “Rosh Hashanah Dreaming“ in an amusing take on the more-famous California Dreamin’ (1966) by the Mammas and Pappas. As is common in the best of humour, kernels of truth can be found. The lyrics were chiefly written by Rabbi Joshua Aaronson, who also performs in this video.

The Autumn cycle of Jewish holidays begins with Rosh Hashanah (Sunday October 2nd at sundown). It is considered the Jewish New Year (5777), so we say Shanah Tovah Umetukah (Hebrew: שנה טובה ומתוקה ), which translates as “A Good and Sweet Year.” Fundamentally, the next 10 days are a time of inner reflection, or as it is saidteshuvah, tefillah and tzedakah. Counter-intuitively, this means ceding some control of your life, particularly in the desire or compulsion to (over)plan your future. The aim is to return to your better good-natured self or, in today’s parlance, to improve your characterbut primarily in accordance to the dictates of the Torah. I wish this sentiment, along with good health, peace, happiness and personal fulfillment, to all my friends, family and faithful readers, both new and old; both young and young at heart; and both near and far.

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