Ahhhhhh, the “holiday season” The weather has changed, decorations are everywhere, music in the air, snow covering the ground… ummmmm, wait! This can’t be right. I’m not seeing any of that, and its full out holiday season over here!
We literally finished our huge “holiday season” and it’s only September?!?
Decorations? Music? Snow? Not exactly.
Something is off here…. U.N.L.E.S.S…. yes, our calendar doesn’t exactly look like everyone else’s in the world.
Pretty much the entire month of September was a holiday of sort. The High Holidays as we say.
Rosh HaShanah, the beginning of the Jewish New Year, starts it all off. Apples dipped in honey, the Shofar, Family Dinner, Special Prayers. All that jazz. Fun. Family. Vacation.
Then we roll into Yom Kippur, the holiest of all days. A day of complete fasting for 25 hours. (Which I actually 100% accomplished this year!) A day where everything, literally everything stops. No cars on streets. No stores open. A truly solemn day.
Which leads into Sukkot. Five days after Yom Kippur, we are ready to celebrate again! Sukka’s are built. More family dinners. More prayers. More vacations.
Sorry, but yes I did just sum up an entire month of celebrations and deeply religious ceremonies into a few paragraphs, but I think we all get the main idea. Last night was our last family meal in the Sukka, so tomorrow life will go back to normal (if it’s ever that in Israel). But hey… we always have Chanukah to look forward to in a few months, right?!? 🙂