My first year of rabbinical school I lived in Jerusalem. I loved going to Judaica shops, finding beautiful art and ritual objects made by local artists. I have also always loved seeing posters in the window of local shops or noticing the store displays for different seasons. The bookstores had large displays of books and things for preparing for the high holidays and it was that year, in the fall of 2016, that I began to really dive deep into what it means to prepare spiritually for the high holidays, not just get ready for the services, meals, programs and events I'd long been leading and organizing as a Jewish communal professional.
In one of the bookstores, Steinmetsky's I believe, I noticed large posters hanging from the ceiling that said Shana Tova (Happy New Year in Hebrew) with a pomegranate printed on it. I asked the shopkeeper if after the chagim (the holidays) I could have one of the posters. They gave me one and I've kept it all these years. It was mounted and sturdy though a little banged up on the corners. Because my suitcase was humongous, it fit inside and I brought it home and framed it. Every year at this time I take it out and display it.
Remembering the beauty of sending wishes for the new year, and spiritual enhancement of beautifying our rituals, prayers, and intentions. Rosh Hashanah arrives in just a few days on Sunday night.
Sending my warmest wishes for a sweet and fruitful high holiday season.