Good & Sweet Year
If you are reading this story on Friday, September 18th, I am wishing you a Good and Sweet New Year. According to the Jewish calendar, it is the eve of the two day holiday, Rosh Hashanah, which according to Torah, commemorates the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve, the first humans, 5781 years ago. Though the Torah is the Jewish Bible, the first humans were the parents of all of humanity, and the celebration of their birthday can be shared with everyone. Rosh Hashanah is translated as Head of the Year; however, it is the seventh month of the Jewish calendar. The first one is in the spring month and is called Nissan. It is considered the New Year from counting the years of kings in ancient Israel. Nissan is the month of the celebration of the festival of Passover. While Rosh Hashanah is the anniversary of the creation of the world, Nissan celebrates the founding of the Jewish people after their exodus from Egypt.
For our family, this New Year is going to be especially memorable. The special event actually started a little bit earlier. On the evening of September 6th, our daughter Tamar gave us a gift, our first granddaughter. So, as far as we are concerned, our Good and Sweet Year started twelve days earlier. Unfortunately, the coronavirus has not only affected the rest of the world, but it has also prevented us from sharing the joy of the miracle of the start of the new life with our daughter and her husband David. To be on the safe side, we will not meet our granddaughter until there is a vaccine, or the virus is under control.
So the question is, how can we have a Good Year if no one knows when the vaccine will be available? When I called my brother, who lives in Toronto, and cannot go to work because of the lockdown, he made a comment, which put everything into proper prospective. “It does not matter how long the coronavirus will last; sooner or later, life will be as it used to be, meanwhile enjoy today!”
Let’s enjoy every day regardless of how many years passed since Adam and Eve appeared in this world. Have a Good and Sweet Year!
P.S. One of the traditions to start Rosh Hashanah is by dipping an apple in honey and eating pomegranate. I am sharing with you my take on those fruits.
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