Friday, September 18, 2009

A Thought For Rosh haShana

This isn't actually my thought, but I liked it a lot, so I'm stealing it... Alright, it's almost יום הדין (Judgement Day), so stealing's probably not such a great idea... I'll borrow it, with attribution yet!

The quote was a FaceBook post, by my friend, David Dannenbaum. I thought it was a very poignant message.

I saw this family on TV this morning. Something the father said struck me. After his daughter threw back the ball and the crowd laughed and got loud, she looked at her father with a scared expression, realizing she did something "wrong." He... immediately picked her up and gave her a reassuring hug. I was thinking how this mirrors the upcoming Rosh Hashanah experience. We reject our Creator's directives, mostly out of childish ignorance, rather than maliciously. When we realize our mistakes, we adopt a posture of contrition, only to be embraced with love and joy by our Father. That's what I want to plug into this weekend, for myself, my family, my friends. And I hope this coming year to respond to my own children's innocent mistakes with the same sense of love and compassion.

Make sure you check the YouTube link on that one - it's really sweet.

Anyway, of all the quotes and thoughts I've seen this week, leading up to the holiday, I think that one resonates with me most somehow. So thanks, Dave, for the great imagery. May you, and everyone else, merit a year of success, health and happiness.

כתיבה וחתימה טובה!