Rosh Hashanah – Pressing the Reset Button on Life

Rosh Hashanah – Pressing the Reset Button on Life

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Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year begins tonight. It is a 2 day holiday, rich with symbolism and meaning.

On this blog, I like to highlight the Jewish holidays in order to provide a larger context for the role of food within the Jewish culture and religion.  Naturally, I am only speaking from a personal perspective, based on my own understanding. I am not an expert!

On Rosh Hashanah, we do “teshuva” for any of the mistakes that we made during the year.

The word “teshuva” which is commonly translated as “repentance” literally means “return.”

On this holiday, we have an opportunity to reset our spiritual connection to God. We identify and attempt to correct our mistakes, and reconnect and return our souls back to their original and pure connection of our Source — God.

The analogy that I like to use is the “factory reset button” on a cell phone. The function of the “factory reset button” is to return your cell phone to its original pristine condition when you first bought it. This function enables us to remove any software errors that one may have acquired over the lifetime and use of the phone. We have an opportunity to start with a clean slate.

So too with us.

On this holiday, we have an opportunity to repent and seek to repair any of our errors, misjudgments or miscalculations. Through the process of teshuva, on Rosh Hashana we return and reconnect to our inner essence which is created in God’s image. We have the opportunity to transform ourselves into better people.

Just for fun, I thought I would post this video in honor of this auspicious time of year. I had another one, but unfortunately, I do not seem to be able to upload it.😕


If anyone would like to read more of my thoughts on this holiday, I wrote something on my other blog, coffeeklatchinsight.wordpress.com.  Here is the link:

https://coffeeklatchinsight.wordpress.com/2016/09/22/elulfeeling-believing-knowing/

May we all be inscribed in the book of life and be granted a year filled with health, happiness and positive growth.

With blessings,

Carol & family.

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26 thoughts on “Rosh Hashanah – Pressing the Reset Button on Life

  1. koolkosherkitchen October 2, 2016 at 11:40 AM Reply

    G’mar Chasima Toiva to you and your beautiful family, and to the entire Klal Isroel!

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  2. Karina Pinella October 2, 2016 at 12:38 PM Reply

    I’d like that number

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  3. anotherfoodieblogger October 2, 2016 at 1:20 PM Reply

    That is a clever video!

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  4. Doctor Jonathan October 2, 2016 at 3:28 PM Reply

    Very clever video. Wishing you a very healthy and happy New Year.
    When I was a little boy (about 8 years old,) I volunteered to blow the shofah. I was put through all kinds of testing by the rabbi and successfully passed them. The big day came. I wasn’t nervous. All I was able to produce at that moment was “wind” from the shofah. They had a backup person that took over. When I got out to the parking lot, I pulled the shofah from my sister’s hand, held it to my mouth and blew. The sound was perfect. Everyone in the parking lot applauded; I cried out of frustration. Looking back, it makes me laugh!

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    • Cooking For The Time Challenged October 2, 2016 at 3:53 PM Reply

      That is funny. A lesson in humility at an early age. You survived! 🍯🍎

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      • Doctor Jonathan October 3, 2016 at 10:58 AM

        God has “enlightened” me on more occasions than I thought was necessary, but apparently he was right! 🙂 All of these experiences are responsible for the person I’ve become. I now understand the real meaning of “blessing.”

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      • Cooking For The Time Challenged October 4, 2016 at 10:03 PM

        It’s funny. I have been thinking about your shofar experience all yom tov. It is really quite amazing that as such a young boy you would commit to such a challenging task. It is a beautiful testament to your strength of character, commitment and leadership. There is always a gift, eventually, within every trial and tribulation. 🎁

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      • Doctor Jonathan October 6, 2016 at 1:25 PM

        Thank you for your very kind words. I attribute the person I am today to the values, ethics and morals I was raised with by two very decent parents.

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      • Cooking For The Time Challenged October 6, 2016 at 2:11 PM

        The apple does not fall far from the tree! 🍎🌲😊

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      • Doctor Jonathan October 6, 2016 at 3:36 PM

        🙂

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    • Cooking For The Time Challenged October 2, 2016 at 4:01 PM Reply

      A happy and a healthy new year to you and your family!

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  5. Sheryl October 2, 2016 at 6:40 PM Reply

    I really liked the analogy. It helped me more clearly understand the role of Rosh Hashanah,

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  6. Jewish Thoughts October 5, 2016 at 5:11 PM Reply

    Shanah Tovah!

    Oh how I wish I’d discovered your blog before the yontiff. Thanks for following me, I look forwards to going through your recipes.

    And by the way, I know what fussy eaters are like, my yontiff meal had to be vegetarian with no fish, eggs, pasta, rice or dairy!

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  7. phdinmeblog.wordpress.com October 6, 2016 at 8:22 PM Reply

    Nice! Thanks for sharing! Light and Love, Shona

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  8. koolkosherkitchen October 27, 2016 at 12:32 PM Reply

    I wanted to comment on your phenomenal post about Teshuva, but the page is down. Consider it liked and very much appreciated!

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