All this week I’ve been thinking about what holidays are, what we celebrate, and why. And how we can learn to celebrate every single day. It isn’t easy, but in the end, and in the beginning, these days are a thousand times richer (maybe a hundred times richer) when we do.
Tonight is Kol Nidre. The words, in Aramaic, mean “all vows.” We say “Gmar Hatima Tova.” May you all of you be written into the Big Book of Life.
Days of Awe (Friday) Some people make lists what they did what they’ll do listing intentions some people know exactly what they want when they shop. I have been collecting strangers lists for years. Sometimes they leave them in their shopping carts. A person once wrote milk eggs orange juice divorce. Maybe this year I’ll write a list. Not of intention.s Just a few good words.
The ten days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are a time when we are supposed to be introspective — to think about what we did, and didn’t do. And reconcile.
Yom Kippur (Saturday) Tonight after the sun goes down tonight after we get the baby from daycare, we break the fast of atonement first honey crisp apples cut Ziggy’s honey sits in the blue dish he gave us tonight when storms settle maybe when Adam and Eve became Adam and Eve and maybe not tonight we every single one of us tonight no matter what we believe or where we are tonight we have the chance the way we do every single day to start again.
Some of us fast. Some of us don’t. We use these days, these ten days we are given, to think about the year that’s passed, to consider what’s happened, to pray the way we might, and to forgive one another, and ourselves.
Forgive me forgive me for arrogance for acting as though I know more than you as though I know better wanting you to do things different from your instincts you never have to go to the gym forgive me for all pettiness all control forgive me for forgetting love is what matters and now right now