L’shana Tova (A Sweet New Year)

17 Sep

This time of year all around the world, Jews are gathering to celebrate the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah.  And again being down here, I was fortunate enough to celebrate the holiday with a nice group of fellow McMurdians.

The Jew Crew from left to right; Sharon, Curtis, Linda, me, Max, and Robyn.

Wednesday night, September 8th, we gathered in the Chapel of the Snows for a short service and group discussion.  There were only six of us, but it was a beautiful evening.  We had red wine (a very nice Shiraz Cabernet), saved some fresh apples from the last Freshie delivery a few weeks back, and grabbed some honey from the kitchen.  The amazing bakers prepared round challah (special for this holiday) with dried fruit.  At dinner we were also fortunate enough to have an amazing sweet kugel (noodle pudding) made with apricots and almonds.  A fellow chef tapped into her inner Jew.  It was just DELISH!

Artifacts from our Rosh Hashanah celebration: our illegal candles (not religious, but tea lights worked), Matthew Lang Shiraz Cabernet (a nice Austrialian red), fresh apples & honey, and the round challah.

Sharon, another Coloradan, lead us in the prayers for the service and we said the blessing over the wine, the candles, and the challah.  We talked about what each of the prayers signified and were educated by Curtis, a practicing Muslim, who talked about how some of the Jewish prayers are similar to the Muslim prayers he chants. 

Since a religious service would not be complete without a sermon,  I did some research online and found a great sermon by Rabbi David Stern of Temple Emanu-El of Dallas, TX, called ‘What are we spreading?’.  I shared the sermon, word for word.  It talked about how in a time when we are concerned with spreading disease and germs (ie: Swine flu, Avian flu, etc.) we as individuals can spread goodness in a world that has great turmoil and sadness.  We discussed how this could impact us down here as well in our lives off The Ice.  It was a nice discussion that made you walk away with things to ponder. 

The evening concluded with talk about what to do for Yom Kippur and gathering later in the season to plan the Channukah party. 

As I recall having said the last two years, we may be away from friends and family during this holiday,but it’s nice to be able to share the holiday spirit with others.

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One Response to “L’shana Tova (A Sweet New Year)”

  1. Cousin Karen September 19, 2010 at 11:42 pm #

    And a very happy, healthy and safe New Year to you! Again, we are living vicariously through you and your adventures! Enjoy! Hugs to you.

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