The Jewish High Holy Days Are a Chance to Reboot and Repair, But That Doesn’t Make It Easy
By Jon Sievert
This is the time of year when Jews around the world observe what are often called the High Holy Days, which begin at sundown Sunday, September 29, with Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) and conclude 10 days later with Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement). At this Sunday’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (UUFSMA), Affiliate Minister the Rev Tom Rosiello explores the teachings these holidays have in the context of Unitarian Universalism.
“We’ve all had the experience of our computer freezing up or the picture on our television becoming snowy or breaking up,” says Rosiello. “We know what to do. Reboot! Let the machine get a fresh start. In a sense this is what the teachings of the high holidays suggest that we do each year with our lives. But it is not quite as easy as pushing a button.
“To get a fresh start, to return to our true selves, we must first look back over our past year and honestly identify where we have ‘missed the mark,’ where we have done things we ought not to have done, or failed to do those things we should have done. Then we must engage in a process of seeking forgiveness called teshuvah (returning), which involves trying to right any harm we may have caused and committing to not repeat the same behavior. These holidays remind us that we can restart our lives, we can make things right, we can repair relationships that are broken. We even can do our part to repair the wrongs of the world,” Rosiello reminds us.
Guests from all religious traditions or backgrounds are welcome, especially families with children. The service begins with the telling of the biblical story of Jonah and the Whale in a version especially for the children in the audience. Then the children will leave for their own special morning program.
As always, music will be a central part of the service. This Sunday’s music will feature music from the Jewish tradition or reflecting the themes of the High Holy Days. The pianist is Paula Peace.
For more information about the UUFSMA, including our Sunday morning children’s religious education program, social action outreach, weekly discussion groups, social activities, and Care Team, join us any Sunday at 10:30am at the Hotel La Aldea or check out our website at uufsma.org
“Rebooting Your Life”
Rev Tom Rosiello
Sun, Sep 29, 10:30am
Hotel La Aldea