I’m exhausted and it’s only February. 2017 has already proved overwhelming. Between Trump protests, carrying around a cardboard cut-out of Hillary Clinton, marches, online debates, and school work, I’ve had little time to post…although I have been keeping up with Shiksa-ism’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter presence (so follow me already!). Continue reading “Community”
I am freaking the Rosh Hashanah out. I feel so ill prepared observing the upcoming Jewish new year that I made a colorful Rosh Hashanah schedule on my ipad.
Regrets. I should have been going to all the classes offered to help deepen my understanding of this season or have done extensive reading…but no, I didn’t do any of this (hence my anxieties). I want to make it meaningful. Ffffffff have I already failed my first new year as a new Jew?
This time of year tends to be very “self-help happy”. In hope that I can ease my anxieties have listed my questions/fears/commentary/etc.
1. Clothing. Do I have to wear white to RH services? This list is not in any particular order so don’t think that this question is of highest priority. Having said that I HATE wearing white and prefer my red dress. Apples are red.
2. Transliteration. Although I am going to a beginner friendly service…I still freak out wondering if everything will be transliterated. Sometimes I read everything quickly in English and than in the transliterated Hebrew…double the work but important to know what I the heck I am saying.
3. Thoughts. What should I be thinking about? As it is new years perhaps my energy is best used to take extensive inventory of my life. A Facebook friend recently wrote a great blog entry about this. Check it out: http://wolkin.tumblr.com/post/98160298506/getting-ready-for-rosh-hashanah .
Some rabbis say to give yourself a theme to focus on. I found this Bill Cosby quote to reflect upon.
4. Family. This time of year many fellow members of the tribe are spending the holiday with their families. As I don’t have any cemented traditions as yet or Jewish family members I am forced to rely on the community as my family. Thankfully I live in New York City so there are a lot of RH options for the J-loner.
5. Apples & honey. Apparently the Talmud suggests various symbolic foods I should eat during this time. I will skip the sheep head thank you very much.
Mind is now on overload.
These articles about the role of women in Judaism exemplifies the “progressive” thinking that needs to happen in not just Judaism but all patriarchal driven religions.