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Rosh Chodesh Tishrei (The New Moon of Tishrei) and Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Chodesh Tishrei is said to be eclipsed or covered over by Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, which falls on the first night of Tishrei. This also starts of the 10 Days of Awe (the High Holiday Days) culminating with Yom Kippur, the day of Atonement or At-one-ment.

Tishrei is so full of one holiday after another - Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur which are followed by Sukkot, the week long Harvest holiday and ancient pilgrimage festival, and ending with some additional festival days of Shemini Atzeret and Hoshanah Rabbah (said to be days of great supplication - so if you didn't get all your prayers by Yom Kippur you still have time), and end in Simchat Torah, celebration the conclusion and restarting of the yearly scriptural reading cycle including holding and even dancing with the Torah.

This new month and the new year invite us to see ourselves a anew, to celebrate and to take stock of our lives. We are also given the opportunity to let go the past year.

How will you let go of the past and celebrate the new?

What is holy in your life?

What fills you with awe?

Shanah Tovah U'Metukah / Blessings for a Good and Sweet Year,

Rabbi Sarah