Written by: Eli & Yaffa Liebermann
Regardless of your faith, the New Year represents a marker in time to reflect on the previous year and hope for the future.
On the high holiday, the Jewish New Year, which began at sundown Friday, September 18, many of our faith were blowing/blasting the Shofar (ram’s horns) outdoors rather than within their synagogue as both a call for justice and a call to listen to the pain of the world.
“Rosh Hashanah is a time when people reflect on the year that passed and thinks about how we can be better in the year ahead. That sound is a unifying force of looking back, and most importantly, looking forward,” says Jay Sanderson, the president and CEO of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles.
Reflecting back, when the pandemic started we were in a panic and was very lucky to receive good instructions from CDC, HCANJ. We are blessed to live in this area with good leaders who advocated for all of us to use common sense and strictly follow instructions. All of us listened and heeded the warnings, followed the guidelines, and reduced the spread.
Looking forward, the pandemic changed our lives and we learned how to adjust and change our way of living and working. We make the best out of the situation. We look to help each other and recognize that regardless of faith and background, we are all in this together.
As Rosh Hashanah approached our family invested time to organize a meal and proper safety sitting arrangements for three families on our deck. In order to not miss the Shofar piercing the air, we asked our grandson and son to blow it outside before the holly Saturday entered. Gratefully, we were able to sit both nights on the deck to welcome the Jewish New Year with great hope for the future.
Regardless of your faith, may you enjoy in the upcoming year with all the sweet things you deserve- Good Health, Good Family and Friends, and Good Cheer.