Monday, September 29, 2008
Posted by D. Daniel Sokol
As Walter Sobchak (John Goodman) says in the new classic The Big Lebowski, "Three thousand years of beautiful tradition, from Moses to Sandy Koufax." Sandy Koufax (pictured left) did not play baseball for the Dodgers on Rosh Hashana or Yom Kippur. Out of respect for this beautiful tradition, I will not post messages from sundown tonight till sundown on Wednesday night as I will be at services welcoming in the Jewish New Year.* For all of our Jewish and non-Jewish readers, let me wish you a new year filled with peace, prosperity and good health. L'Shana Tova!
* For those of you unfamiliar with Judaism, Rosh Hashana is not like secular new year with champagne and confetti. Rather, Wikipedia describes it as:
Rosh Hashanah is the first of the High Holidays or Yamim Noraim ("Days of Awe"), or Asseret Yemei Teshuva (The Ten Days of Repentance) which are days specifically set aside to focus on repentance that conclude with the holiday of Yom Kippur.
We Jews reflect on what we have done in the previous year and ask repentance for our sins.