This is real

At sundown tonight, Rosh Hashanah begins. May all of our Jewish brothers and sisters be blessed with a sweet new year – we could all use that, right?

Each year I read the book cited in the link below. I find it an extremely important element of my spiritual life.  May we all find ways to embrace suffering; it spares no one. If that is not evident this year, I do not know if it ever will be.

My retreat from last weekend is still being processed, but this much is clear to me – honesty without shame, suffering with vulnerability, and offering ourselves openly to God and one another is the only way forward. May we soften, open, embrace – and be transformed. It is all very real, and we typically are, to riff off of Rabbi Alan Lew’s book title, completely unprepared. Yet God awaits us.

L’shana tovah to our Jewish friends. May peace prevail for all, may we each do our part of it, one surrender at a time.

“Our suffering, the unresolved element of our lives, is also from God. It is the instrument by which we are carried back to God, not something to be defended against, but rather to be embraced.”
― Alan Lew, This Is Real and You Are Completely Unprepared: The Days of Awe as a Journey of Transformation

May we all be sealed, may we all be changed

2010NYCard-ShofarWishes of L’shanah tovah tikatev v’taihatemt to all who celebrate Rosh Hashanah.This greeting means may you be inscribed (or sealed) for a good year, or sometimes one will say, a sweet year. That is behind the symbolism of dipping apples in honey for Rosh Hashanah. Read a little more about that at this link. The apples and honey dish below can be ordered from Gans, in Jerusalem, a lovely shop. Perhaps Mark and I remain the only non-Jews who ever had a wedding registry there? I don’t know!

8706-56OK, you’re thinking, this is the blog of a Catholic, what’s with this? Well, as I like to remind everyone, Jesus was born as a Jew, lived as a Jew, died as Jew. Questions? Good – that’s what I thought, let’s move on.

Anyway, as I have mentioned numerous times before, I have some Jewish roots of my own, and my heart is moved by these holidays as well as the ones I celebrate.

RoshHashanah--JerusalemNewYear_001Rosh Hashanah, for those less familiar with it, opens the new year celebration. It is followed by the Days of Awe, and end with Yom Kippur, which is the holiest day of the year. On that day, one comes before G-d and fasts and prays, in order to make amends and start fresh.

Diane-Cameron-PasconeThat is why I was stuck by a recent column, written by my friend, Diane Cameron. Diane is an author who lives in the Albany area, and has a regular Times Union column. my life has been greatly enriched by knowing this talented and wonderful woman. On Labor Day she wrote about how it feels so much like a new year, more than January does. Go read her column, it is right here. It was very thought provoking and hit home for me. And very much in line with the Jewish new year.

Whoever you are and however you celebrate days, I wish you a sweet new year. Here’s a fun Rosh Hashanah music video, with a unique interpretation of the Daft Punk song, Get Lucky, done up Jerusalem style – Get Clairty. May we all be sealed, may we all be changed. My wishes are for days of transformation for one and all.

May we all be sealed, may we all be changed

2010NYCard-ShofarWishes of L’shanah tovah tikatev v’taihatemt to all who celebrate Rosh Hashanah.This greeting means may you be inscribed (or sealed) for a good year, or sometimes one will say, a sweet year. That is behind the symbolism of dipping apples in honey for Rosh Hashanah. Read a little more about that at this link. The apples and honey dish below can be ordered from Gans, in Jerusalem, a lovely shop. Perhaps Mark and I remain the only non-Jews who ever had a wedding registry there? I don’t know!

8706-56OK, you’re thinking, this is the blog of a Catholic, what’s with this? Well, as I like to remind everyone, Jesus was born as a Jew, lived as a Jew, died as Jew. Questions? Good – that’s what I thought, let’s move on.

Anyway, as I have mentioned numerous times before, I have some Jewish roots of my own, and my heart is moved by these holidays as well as the ones I celebrate.

RoshHashanah--JerusalemNewYear_001Rosh Hashanah, for those less familiar with it, opens the new year celebration. It is followed by the Days of Awe, and end with Yom Kippur, which is the holiest day of the year. On that day, one comes before G-d and fasts and prays, in order to make amends and start fresh.

Diane-Cameron-PasconeThat is why I was stuck by a recent column, written by my friend, Diane Cameron. Diane is an author who lives in the Albany area, and has a regular Times Union column. my life has been greatly enriched by knowing this talented and wonderful woman. On Labor Day she wrote about how it feels so much like a new year, more than January does. Go read her column, it is right here. It was very thought provoking and hit home for me. And very much in line with the Jewish new year.

Whoever you are and however you celebrate days, I wish you a sweet new year. Here’s a fun Rosh Hashanah music video, with a unique interpretation of the Daft Punk song, Get Lucky, done up Jerusalem style – Get Clairty. May we all be sealed, may we all be changed. My wishes are for days of transformation for one and all.