A Reason To Celebrate

This evening marks the beginning of Rosh Hashanah. This is one of my most favorite holidays as it marks a new new year, a new beginning.

We are celebrating at  home in Maryland since the holiday falls in the middle of the workweek. Not only are we just the three of us, but the menu is far less traditional. Absent will be the typical chicken soup with matzo balls, brisket, mashed potatoes and even apple cake.

Even though the menu will be different, and some of our loved ones far away, I recognize that I will this evening be replete with joy, happiness and hopeful that this new year brings health and happiness to my family and the families of those I love.

There is also another reason to celebrate the new year — today mark’s my nephew’s first day of school. Typically, I wouldn’t mention this here. However, this isn’t just any typical first day of school; He is starting fourth grade in a new school — and I am thinking about him. A new school is a big deal and this one presents many great opportunities and possibilities. All children deserve an exceptional education but not everyone seizes opportunities they are provided with. I have no doubt he will.

So there you have it : new year, new beginnings. L’Shanah Tovah!


  1. Dana said:

    Happy Rosh haShanah to you and yours!

    September 4, 2013
  2. Mike said:

    L’Shanah Tovah!

    Last night I went to my first Rosh Hashanah services. Though I won’t be converting, I’ve decided to embrace Rachel’s faith (being that the background of Christianity is Jewish anyway). I find it all very interesting.

    September 5, 2013
  3. Nadya said:

    L’Shanah Tovah! Does that mean that if/when you have children, you’ll raise them jewish? I am not incredibly observant, but I find the traditions to be nice. I mean … Hannukah is one of my all-time favorite holidays. Who can resist Latkes and Donuts!

    September 5, 2013
    • Mike said:

      Yup. We’ve already had that discussion, and we figured since I’m not that observant as a Christian, we would raise our kids in a mixed (my family still celebrates Easter and Christmas together), yet predominantly Jewish household.

      September 5, 2013
  4. Nadya said:

    That sounds like a solid plan. I am still trying to figure out how I can finagle a Christmas celebration (the part about the presents :-), mostly) out of Evan! 🙂

    September 5, 2013

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