September 29, 2017

Yom Kippur in Israel. The thrill and the drill.

Ben-Gurion International Airport is closed. No public transportation, no traffic, no broadcast TV or radio, businesses closed, schools closed. Blessed stillness for 25 hours.

To all who are observing Yom Kippur, May You Be Signed, Sealed, Delivered in the Book of Life.

September 20, 2017

"Have you a sweet year" — celebrating Rosh Hashanah

Nine-year-old Peter Chiou's Rosh Hashanah
card and his mom's honey cake

Years ago, the delightful Chiou family from Taiwan were my neighbors in Atlanta — veterinarians Sophia Chiou and her husband, Tony Chiou who was conducting research at Emory University's Yerkes National Primate Research Center. We shared foods, customs, books, and ideas. Just before Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, I described our custom of eating apples dipped in honey, symbolizing hopes for sweetness in the coming year. They soon surprised me with nine-year-old Peter's card and his mom's honey cake.

An auspicious start to Rosh Hashanah, then and now.

This post was originally published September 9, 2010, 5771 in the Jewish calendar. 

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