Tonight sun down marks the beginning of the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah. While not an observant Jew (child of a mixed marriage), I’ve always liked this holiday it is a period of prayer and reflection shared with one’s family and friends. It’s a time to ask for forgiveness for one’s actions over the past year, and to commit to a fresh start in the coming one.
My favorite Hebrew greeting is shana tova umetukah for “[a] good and sweet year.” My wish to all my readers is that we are all blessed with sweetness in the next year.
Rosh Hashanah is also called, Yom Ha-Zikaron, or the Day of Remembrance. This morning’s New York Times ran a fascinating article (During World War II, A Soldier’s Voice Rediscovered) about a Rosh Hashanah service held at the end of World War II on the battlefield at Aachen, Germany. This was the first Jewish Service broadcast from Nazi Germany since the advent of Hitler.
The American Jewish Committee put a short film together with the live clips from that day. It is humbling and fascinating to listen to the service when you can hear the field artillery in the background. I especially appreciated the sentiments expressed in the film and hope you take a view as well. Battlefield services are extremely important to soldiers and the circumstances of this one is especially moving.