A Sweet New Year

Many of you may know that yesterday was Rosh Hashanah, celebration of the Jewish New Year. 5,768 years into Jewish history, Fall still seems like a good time to me — for “renewal” through new schools, new schedules, new season after a long, hot summer.

And a sense of relief after two days of excruciatingly long services, with the little ones constantly whispering “when’s it gonna be over?:o

This year, however, one paragraph from the ritual penetrated my consciousness, shining a light right down to my core “sense of it all”:

How do we review the record of our deeds from this past year?

How do we evaluate the quality of our existence?

We cannot blame our conduct on forces beyond our control.

With our own hand we seal the record of our deeds. We are fully responsible for the quality of our life, for making the most of it — or the least.Pomagranate

Let’s make the most of it, my friends. A Happy Renewal to one and all.

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5 Responses

  1. Michelle
    Michelle September 14, 2007 at 7:29 am | | Reply

    sounds like something that should be read before the dr reads you the A1C results. Shanah Tovah. :)

  2. Elizabeth
    Elizabeth September 14, 2007 at 8:01 am | | Reply

    Shana Tovah, Amy! Wishing you all the best for the new year!

  3. mollyjade
    mollyjade September 14, 2007 at 8:09 am | | Reply

    May you have a good new year!

  4. Albert
    Albert September 14, 2007 at 8:18 am | | Reply

    Hey Amy,

    That paragraph definitely reminds me of a similar concept that applies to those who aren’t directly affected by something.

    I personally feel like if I’ve been made aware of something I know I can make a difference in, it would be completely irresponsible for me not to do anything about it.

    Heh, anyways, Happy Renewal to you too. =)

  5. sara
    sara September 14, 2007 at 8:52 am | | Reply

    In theory, I completely agree with being wholly responsible for our deeds, words and actions – regardless of those things over which we are powerless. However, I must admit, sometimes in the midst of a bad moment of very low blood sugar I find I do not possess the power over myself that I would wish. Forgiveness is as important as personal responsibility. Happy New Year -

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