Happy Jewish New Year

by Rachel Baker on September 24, 2014

Today at sunset, marks the beginning of the Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. Typically, the ten days of the Yamim Nora’im begins with Rosh Hashanah and ends with Yom Kipur. This is a time of self-examination and repentance.

NPR has done a story today about an alternative way to reflect during the holy days that do not require you to go to Temple. There is a website that helps you take stock of both your past and your future in what appears to be a solitary way, allowing for more personal introspection. Its pretty cool, and one can’t help but wonder if modern members of the Jewish community find this an acceptable way to reflect on the previous year.

Read More: A Place To Reflect During Jewish Holy Days — That’s Not A Temple

Judaism, like most religions, operates in the moral and ethical choices that happen every single day, but there are also times set aside for really digging deep, like the Days of Awe, a 10-day period that begins at sunset Wednesday. Sunset also marks the beginning of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.

“It’s a kind of spiritual taking of stock, both regarding what we’ve done in the past and how we’re going to proceed in the future,” says Lawrence Schiffman, who teaches Judaic studies at New York University.

But for some modern Jews, sitting in temple isn’t the best way in to that future. So some head online.

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