September 5, 2021
As the leaves turn from verdant green to rugged shades of orange, yellow and red, losing their tenuous grip on the tree branches and drifting aimlessly downward, Jews recognize that this not only heralds the arrival of autumn but also the advent of the Great Jewish Saint. Days.
Soon the savory scent of homemade chicken soup will fill kitchens, and plump round challahs will release their rich aroma from hot ovens. Apples and honey are popping up on grocery lists, along with brisket and other traditional culinary delights.
Our high holy season brings with it many beautiful customs, including the lighting of candles, the sound of the shofarand the metaphorical “spray of sins” known as tash.
A lesser-known custom adopted during the Rosh Hashanah season is to try something new, just before or immediately after the holidays. Options abound, whether it’s cultivating a new hobby or breaking the cover of a book or visiting a new destination. Some Jews choose to buy special clothes for the holidays, expecting to wear them until Erev Rosh Hashanah.
The evolution of this practice emerged as a way to recognize the novelty of the Jewish calendar year. Doing or learning something new in your own life can spark stimulating conversations with family and friends about the new projects they have chosen to take on or the unprecedented events they expect to unfold. over the coming year.
We have already witnessed unprecedented global events over the past 18 months. This year, how about more positive efforts? If you’ve never considered joining a fitness club, now might be the time to embark on this journey to better health. Already a member? Consider jumping into a new group exercise class and starting an upbeat, social, and fitness-focused habit. If you’re passionate about cooking, experiment with recipes featuring out-of-the-ordinary vegetables or spices. If the idea of switching to a vegan menu is on your radar, the new year just might give you the push you need to embrace a fresh, health-conscious lifestyle.
As you prepare for the high holy days of this fall, consider the novelty of the 12 months ahead. 365 days of blank slate await us… what will happen? you Choose?
Cathleen Kronemer, NSCA-CPT, Certified Health Coach, is a longtime fitness instructor at the Jewish Community Center. She is also a member of the St. Louis Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.