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Days of Awe…

Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, began yesterday at sundown. These high, holy days will culminate on September 22, the Day of Atonement. The days in between are referred to as “the Days of Awe.”

Days of Awe are to meant to shore up relationships and celebrate the matters that are really important: family, friends and faith.

There will be many words spoken among Jews of confession, apology, and reparation. Setting goals for self-improvement and better relationships are part of the tradition; as are becoming more forgiving and generous persons. Becoming the kind of person who drops grievances before they become deep-seated and get out of control is central to all this.

This Christian writer is one who drinks with appreciation from this wonderful Jewish tradition. I certainly need more of the spirit of the “Days of Awe”. In fact, I know of few Christian people who don’t. Our holidays tend to center on less important and more self-indulgent matters. Let’s face it, Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny are hardly in the same league with telling someone that you want to apologize or taking concrete steps toward being a more loving, forgiving person.

It’s a good thing when we can learn from each other.


2 responses to “Days of Awe…

  1. the individual voice September 13, 2007 at 2:23 pm

    And sometimes a renegade Jew can best appreciate her own tradition from the perspective of a thoughtful Christian.

  2. Deborah Barlow September 15, 2007 at 8:04 pm

    Thank you for this. I like the best of every tradition and your posting is so in that spirit.

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