Updated: Nov 20, 2021
Today is September 1st, and for many reasons September is my favorite month of them all.
Fresh, crisp air.
Morning sweater weather.
More favorable temperatures for outdoor exercise.
Change of pace.
And most of all, the Jewish New Year usually falls somewhere in September. I've always felt that the new year seems so appropriate and natural this month, more so than January 1st but I'm biased.
Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, are the Jewish high holidays, meaning these are the most significant in the calendar year, also meaning that if you're going to go to synagogue you should probably attend on these days... at least in my family these are the only days we really attend service. Clearly we aren't super religious, but at least its something. Growing up I attended school 1-3x/ week up until my Bat Mitzvah. After this, it is our choice. I have learned many things, but it is the New Year, and the meaning around it, that I appreciate the most.
Dipping apples in honey for a sweet new year begins on Rosh Hashana, this is then followed by 10 days of reflection on the the year that has passed and the year to come... what do you want to change? What do you want to do differently this upcoming year? Yom Kippur is the 10th day on which you fast. Fast all the negative stuff out. Personally, the fast symbolizes acknowledgement of the stuff I don't want to carry with me. When we break-fast, its time to let go of that stuff and move on in a positive direction. No longer hold on and overthink the crap you don't want to repeat in your life, we shift the focus on the NEW.
Religious or not, please enjoy this month. Please think about what you want to change, acknowledge this, then let it go. Our thoughts are way more powerful than we know, so letting go of the negative, is just as important as acknowledging it. We are human, we can only try our best. Forgive yourself and let go of all the old unwanted habits and/ thought patterns. Throw these into the river, LET THEM GO, look forward, dip a slice of apple into honey and cheers to looking forward.