Check out the Rosh Hashanah Survival Guide for a last minute checklist.
The beginning of the new year is a time to review and reassess. One son finished his advanced army training and is scheduled to be on leave from Rosh Hashanah until Yom Kippur. “But don’t count on anything,” he told me, “from now on I have no schedule.” My other soldier son is nearly done with training, and scheduled to be on the Egyptian border for Rosh Hashanah, on the base for Yom Kippur, and home for Sukkot—or most of it. It’s like a revolving door around here.
With two good-natured teens at home and my youngest children in second and fourth grade, life is (relatively) calmer. My 9-year-old learned how to ride a bike, something I thought he’d never do, and the youngest is taking music lessons. They walk home together from school. If you’re having a hard time preparing for the holiday with small children, I’m sure you’ve heard this before but it really does get easier. Eventually you’ll be able to sit in shul too—sometimes you might wish you still had such a good excuse!
My blogs (A Mother in Israel and CookingManager.Com) are also “babies” in that they also require care and maintenance. I could not keep them up without the help and encouragement of readers and fellow bloggers, and while there are too many to name, a few people have been especially supportive. These are the friends who send corrections and suggestions, and give advice or preview a post when I am not sure I have the tone right. (When I don’t get it right, it’s my own fault.) Thank you Yosefa, Yonit, Risa, Abbi, Trilcat, Leora, Ilana-Davita, Fern, Miriam, Kate, Mrs. S., Baila, Robin, Ariela, Rafi, Jameel, DevoK, N and S.
I also appreciate the many readers who comment and share whether via the blogs, Facebook, Twitter and email including Regular Anonymous, Batya, observer, Ariella, Shoshana, SheinPT, Annie, Julie, Leah P., Ingathered, Lion of Zion, Nurse Yachne, Tziona, Bookish Ima, Tesyaa, Jennie, Minnesota Mamaleh, Marksofla, Victoria, Aviva-Hadas, ima2seven, Mrs. Belogski, Mrs. Anna T., Miriam, waysofzion, kerith, AR, RivkA, Menucha, Tzipora, Tikva, Erika, Betzalel, Ita, Kelli, Ms. Krieger, TDR, Sephardi Lady, and a few others I’m sure I’ve forgotten. And if you’ve never commented, now would be a good time to introduce yourself.
Despite the sensitive topics, you’ve helped keep the discussion civil and supportive, and have set me straight when I needed it. I have learned so much from your knowledge, experience, and sensitivity.
May all of you and your families, and all the Jewish people, be inscribed in the Book of Life for a year of peace, health, and prosperity. Shana tova.