As the High Holidays (beginning with Rosh Hashanah and ending with Yom Kippur) approach, I find myself anxious to prepare in order to participate more fully. In the past few years I’ve feigned interest and just half-assedly partook (Think; fasting for only an hour, going to half a service…). Honestly, it just felt too overwhelming to make a connection. Why celebrate a new year, fast, sing/chant in Hebrew, atone and digitally detox if I did not have to?
This year I want to connect in a deeper way. The Days of Awe are centered on self reflection (…and if you have seen my home library you know that I am a big fan of it) and moving forward. As this past year has been an intense growing period, there will be A LOT to reflect upon.
My prep to-do list.
1. Pre- Read
El Maleh Rahamim
Find the nearest Shofar blowing. Apparently it’s a mitzvah to hear it on Rosh Hashana.
3. Tashlikh. I once witnessed this in Central Park and was fascinated. I wonder if this is something I can do on my own?
Atonement in Judaism requires a bit of effort apparently.
1. Tablet Magazine, has a lovely “pre-penting” series.
2. Familiarize myself with Kol Nidre. Perhaps I can download some versions of it from iTunes.