Embracing the Jewish Calendar 5784
It was a wondrous and magical gathering in-person and on livestream for the High Holy Days of 2023 or, in the Jewish calendar, 5784. We spoke about this year being a year of our seeking equanimity—a sense of balance in our lives. The number 5784, when divided evenly in half, shows 5+7+12 and 8+4=12. Balance embedded in the very number!
One of the ways we deepen and broaden our sense of balance is by reminding ourselves of the values worth celebrating as well as living.
In the next few months, we welcome:
Sukkot, the Jewish Harvest Festival which begins this year on Friday evening, September 29. It is tradition to build or visit a sukkah, and to wave the Luluv (a palm branch, which is joined with myrtle and willow branches) and an Etrog (a citron fruit similar to a lemon). In the symbolic waving of the Lulav and Etrog we are sending our wishes that all will have enough to eat in all corners of the earth. It is a holiday of joy and thanksgiving for the harvest, and for expressing gratitude for our homes and our blessings. The week-long holiday culminates in Simchat Torah (Oct. 7-8), a time of dancing with the Torah, celebrating the cycles of learning that are (and can be) part of our lives.
The holiday of Chanukah begins early this year -- Thursday eve, December 7, 2023 -- eight nights celebrating rekindling the very values at the core of Judaism. It is an act of balancing, of recalibrating, lighting candles on the menorah and dedicating each one to a value we hold dear.
Bayit Shelanu Synagogue welcomes you each year to our High Holy Days by the sea. We encourage you to be part of the Jewish community throughout the year and take part in celebrating these holidays that have the power to bring balance and beauty to us all!