Rosh Hashanah – the Jewish New Year – begins this Sunday evening, Sept. 25. For individuals of the Jewish faith, it begins a period of 10 days of soul searching and contemplation that culminates in the holiest day on the Jewish calendar: Yom Kippur, or the Day of Atonement.
These “High Holy Days” are days of reflection and prayer. They are an opportunity to think back over the year just past and to embrace with hope the year to come. Services in the synagogue include beloved and sacred rituals of supplication and prayer to God. Families and friends gather in homes to mark the new year – and share slices of apples in honey as a symbol of the sweetness of life.
Believers will pray together the “Shehecheyanu,” which includes these words: “Blessed art Thou, Lord our God, Ruler of the Universe, for keeping us alive and preserving us and permitting us to behold this day.” What a beautiful prayer!
At Adventist HealthCare, we have great respect for the various faiths that are shared by our team members and part of our community. Our Mission to “extend God’s care through the ministry of physical, mental and spiritual healing” includes appreciation and recognition of the many ways in which we may approach God through prayer and celebrate God’s blessings in our lives.
If you will be observing Rosh Hashanah this week – Shanah Tovah (Good Year)! As I firmly believe that God knows our hearts and hears every prayer, I fervently hope that you feel deeply connected with God during these “days of awe.”