No Champagne or Fireworks
Happy New Year! Tonight, for those who don’t know, is the beginning of Rosh Hashana, which is also known as the Jewish New Year. We’re actually in the busy season right now of Judaism.
At sundown we celebrate. At the Fussy household, we’ll bring in this holiday much like all of the others. With a bottle of wine, a Hannaford chicken, a seasonal vegetable from the CSA and challah from the New Mount Pleasant Bakery in Schenectady, which makes the best challah in the region by far. In the hope of a sweet new year, we will also have some of Lloyd’s honey on the table in addition to some crisp local apples from Columbia County’s newest crop.
Next week we fast. Tonight is a lot more fun. But tomorrow I get to spend a lot of the day in temple. For you that means there will likely not be a fresh post on Monday. Sorry about that.
As long as we are on the subject of being apologetic…
There is something I want to share with you. In theory I probably should have written something similar all by myself. Instead, I’m actually just lifting the following blurb from the facebook feed of my friend CMRB [I have added the boldface for emphasis]:
It is Jewish tradition to ask for forgiveness before the new year, Rosh Hashana, begins. For any wrongs I have committed against you, whether purposeful or accidental, I ask for your forgiveness. May G-d inscribe you in the book of life for a sweet new year.
This is brilliant. It never occurred to me that one could do something like this over Facebook or one’s blog. Now it’s up to you. You can choose to forgive me, or you could choose to withhold forgiveness. But the way the liturgy is set up, even if you decide to hold a grudge, G-d will still forgive me.
It’s a pretty forgiving scheme, and year after year I get the feeling like I’m getting off easy. Really, I’m probably doing it wrong. But that’s a topic for some other blog on religious practices.
Mostly I’m looking forward to the roast chicken and the challah. We are a bit out of our routine and it’s been a few weeks since we’ve had one of those rotisserie birds. Plus the challah is extra special this week. I ordered a large round one filled with raisins. The bigger they are, the more rich and tender the inside crumb. And the raisins are a seasonal variation for the fall festivals. The kiddos will love it but I know they have their eyes on the honey.
Some people do great big fancy dinners with their friends and extended family. But yesterday we just had Young Master Fussy’s birthday party followed by a potluck. And I’m just tired. Maybe I should be sorry about that too, as it would be a great excuse to see friends and have them over for dinner.
Really, there is a lot to be sorry for. So wish me luck on the praying.