Jewish holidays signify some very deep spiritual experience not only to the followers of Judaism but also anyone who embraces spirituality of any kind. The High Holy Days, in particular, serve to remind us of who we are, our purpose and our destiny – a truly transformational experience.
Rosh Hashanah began at sundown on September 16 and continues to sunset on September 18. The ten days of High Holy Days will end with Yom Kippur which begins at sundown on September 25 to sunset September 26.
Consider some of the symbolism of Rosh Hashanah.
First, the blowing of the shofar: In the biblical narratives, the blowing of the shofar is associated with life-changing events. Whether it was in the fall of Jericho or in the Jubilee year, the shofar was an instrument of life-changing events.
Perhaps we could look at the alarm clock as the shofar. Mine goes off at 5 every morning. Most of the time I don’t need it to wake me up, but when it goes off it reminds me of what I set out to do that day. “It is a new day”, it announces, “and there are those things you need to get to!”. For some people the alarm clock is the saddest thing of the day, but it should be the happiest thing, heralding us to all the good things, the joys and the blessings of the day ahead. Embrace the alarm clock and what it symbolizes.
The holiday foods of Rosh Hashanah are apples and honey symbolizing sweetness, health, success and good deeds. Indeed it is acknowledged that we are what we eat. Rosh Hashanah, therefore, calls us to renew and even to reconnect to conscious healthy living, positive attitudes about ourselves and others and dream and see success ahead and not failure.