A coffee bar might be a nice touch to enjoy with your wedding cake, too. Rosh Hashanah is a time for people of the Jewish people to repent for their sins and try to find ways to better their lives. And you simply can’t do that in the dead of winter.
When I was in my twenties, I used to party in the Hamptons in the summertime. During one of those summers, a friend of mine was dating the most amazing woman, whom we all loved and with whom he was in love. Despite that, he had to break up with her because she was not Jewish.
Spring is the second most popular, followed by fall and winter. Only about thirteen percent of weddings are held in the winter, even with Valentine’s Day! The reason for this is simple. As wedding costs continue to increase, more and more couples are planning casual, outdoor affairs. And you simply can’t do that in the dead of winter. We must also consider that teachers and other trained professionals have vacation time in the summer.
We “remember” our Lord the same way the Jews “remember” Passover. As we “proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes,” we are there in the Upper Room. We are there at the cross. And we invite the world to join us, if it will but hear the call. “Once for all” does not merely refer to “once for all time.” It also means “once for all people.” Come to the Table.
One of the points I like to emphasize in Budget Bash is to make it simple and not stress out about preparing for a party. I made the challah the day before the Jewish New Year and will serve it at dinner on Rosh Hashanah day.
We start out the holiday by saying prayers. While I know certain Hebrew phrases, I am by no means an expert at saying prayers and I have a limited amount of ability in speaking in Hebrew. Still, I listen to my mother read the prayers from her Siddur (prayer book) in Hebrew every year and I follow along in English. You see, my mother went to Hebrew school for many years as a child and learned how to read the Hebrew alphabet.
While I do believe that God has a hand in our destiny, I also believe that we were given free choice about how – and possibly when – we create that destiny. In other words, I believe that the choices we make get us to that destiny. I also believe we are cocreators of our lives, the combination of our thoughts, feelings and actions manifesting the things we experience day to day. That said, we are all cocreating, and sometimes – maybe more often than we would like – our manifestations collide creating a fair amount of chaos. In any case, we constantly experience a combination of destiny or fate and conscious or subconscious creation and cocreation.
Meditation: After the priest opens Mass this evening “in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” he will not say “the Mass is ended” until Saturday evening. Tonight begins the most important liturgy of the year, the Paschal Triduum, which in truth lasts for three days: Holy Thursday, Good Friday and finally the Easter Vigil on the evening of Holy Saturday. We depart in silence tonight, return and leave in sorrowful silence tomorrow and gather in silence once more – though with great expectation – as the sun departs on Saturday. The Passover of our Lord is here.
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.