So far I have been able to attend 4 Shabbat services at Temple Israel. Three with Kyle and one with my friend Tara.I’m starting to catch on to the flow of things and I’m really enjoying the services. I wish I was able to attend more religiously (pun intended 😝). It’s hard though with two tiny kids to always find a sitter and there is no way they would sit through a service. Hopefully I can find a way to make it work soon.
I get so happy and excited to be there. I have to try and hide my face sometimes, because I tend to get this huge creepy grin on my face when I get really excited. My husband know what I’m talking about and he will tell you, it’s hilarious and weird. I’m kind of socially awkward anyways so that does not help the situation. The last service was the first service for the month of Elul which is the month before the High Holidays. I basically spent the whole service with that creeper grin on my face. It was such an uplifting and fun service, and I got to hear the shofar (horn, usually from a ram) sounded for the first time. Very awesome! But I really hope I can keep the grin down to a minimum from here on out. 🙂
I had another meeting with Rabbi Brown and have one coming up Tuesday too. This last time we talked about the High Holidays, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, which are the Jewish New Year and the Days of Atonement. They are next month and you spend the month before hand preparing and trying to right wrongs you may have committed in the previous year to prepare yourself for the fresh start of the new year. I’m kind of lost as to what kind of things I should be doing to really prepare and what I should be doing on the actual holidays. I know there is a day of fasting and There will be at least three services I will be attending. I am getting yahrzeit candles to light in remembrance of my cousin Rachel, grandparents, and others that have passed. I know there should be lots of sweets to help make for a sweet new year. Apples and honey are a staple. To help the kids celebrate we will be doing some crafts with apples and decorating the house (thanks mom for Cricutting those apples for me! 😉)I’m just glad I have another meeting with the Rabbi to figure the rest out.
Unfortunately I have yet to get back to the book I keep trying to read. It’s hard to keep up with everything sometimes.
Lastly, I am super excited to show you some awesome stuff I got to help celebrate the new year and to start introducing the kids to Judaism better.
Thank you Aunt Karen for helping to make it possible! ❤💙💛💜💚