Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, begins at sunset today. Per Brad Hirschfield at the Washington Post:
… Rosh Hashanah promises everyone a second chance, even if it’s their hundredth one. The New Year also carries the promise of a new you. We are invited to see both ourselves and each other in light of that promise. In fact, Rosh Hashanah teaches that with a bit of work, there is no past that cannot be overcome, and no person who does not deserve the opportunity to do so…
Rosh Hashanah is about relationships. Whether between individuals and the God in whom they believe, communities and the traditions which define them, or simply between individuals, whether any God or tradition is a part of their lives, it’s all about sustaining relationships which sustain us and help us do the same for others. Rosh Hashanah invites us to reconnect, repair, and renew. Call it what you will, observe it any way you choose, but if that isn’t worthy of our attention and celebration, what is?
Here’s to second chances and fresh starts!
From the link, the Maccabeats:
As far as we know, this is the first time an a cappella group (or any group, for that matter) has recorded whistling in harmony.
The tune we are whistling is over eleven centuries old and is traditionally sung as an introduction to the evening (maariv) high holiday services.