It really does depend upon your denomination and that of most of your guests. I work for the Los Angeles Unified School District. Taking place on the 10th day of Tishrei, Yom Kippur is recognized as a day of fasting and rest.
Amongst the more popular themes found on Rosh Hashanah cards is the wish that the recipient be inscribed in the Book of Life. This idea stems from the tradition that Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, marks the creation of the world. As such, it is a time of judgment when all men must stand before the Almighty and face a reckoning of their deeds from the past year.
I have gone through many metamorphoses from the most extreme “I don’t celebrate Christmas” or “Happy Hanukkah to you” to the middle of the road “Thank you and happy holidays to you” to ignoring the slight. That’s how I see it – a slight. A total ignorance that not everyone celebrates the same holidays and that it is rude to put up a Christmas tree on public land without symbols for other religions.
Because it is one thing when you live in a free country, and it is another when the religion of the leader is imposed upon you. Say a Jew became president and enforced all American families to convert, made his Cabinet, Congress, and the Senate Jewish. How about Jewish national holidays and strict celebration of Hannukah? Our calendars would be rewritten to have Rosh Hashanah be the New Year. And if you did not abide by the laws, you would simply be killed. Now go back into Iraq mode. See why they fight now?
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Making the case of respecting our fellow brothers and sisters why not include everyone by saying “Happy holidays?” I do realize you may offend the atheist who can write his or her own essay.
Now I am about as Jewish as my dog. I’m a bad Jew. I can’t tell you what the Rosh in Rosh Hashanah is, or exactly what the Yom is in front of the Kapur. The closest I get to “Yom”ing is when I “ohmmm” in my yoga class.
If we use this time wisely, by reflecting on our past actions, regretting our mistakes and sincerely vow never to repeat them, we will be forgiven and sealed in the Book of Life. This is the accepted tradition.
This rendition captures the heart of Chassidic philosophy. Responsibility for our actions and our future are dependent on man, not G-d. It is we who ultimately determine our fate.