Shana Tova

Happy New Year to all who celebrate this day.

At Religion News Service, Lauren Markoe has a quick “Rosh Hashanah 101: What you should know about the Jewish New Year.” (Wikipedia’s entry is more informative, but it doesn’t have video.)

Rabbi Brant Rosen offers a lovely reflection “On a New Year of Healing, Hope and Transformation.”

Every opening of a door, every act of peacemaking, every move we make to heal the world around us has the potential to create a sacred transformation. They can make a difference in ways we can see readily and in ways we will never truly know. …

And, just because it’s awesome, here is a picture of Dizzy Gillespie blowing a shofar.

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  • Amaryllis

    In the sound of shofar is the beginning of time.
    It is the wind of the east and the call of the sun as it rises.
    Where lies the heart, so is tekiah.
    Where flows the blood, so is teruah.

    At the end of days in darkness, it calls to the light,
    In the first breath of morning, it sounds the coming of day’s-Messenger

    In the harvest, there is bounty,
    And in the famine, there is faith,
    as the world is called into blessing on Gadol Hayom.

    It is the horn of the ram – hollow, bending,
    its chambers now the echo of the voice of G-d.

    from “Shofar,” by Stephanie Liss

  • Erika

    Thank you so much for this post.  My kids are going to flip over that picture of Dizzy Gillespie.