Let’s greet this new decade with a musical trip through the “old 80s” to find songs to help us relate to the High Holy Day season in the “new 80s.”
Judaism has four different “New Years!” The 1st of the month of Nissan (March/April) kicks off the holiday cycle and Nissan is the first month of the year. The 1st of the month of Elul is the new year for the animals. Tu B’Shevat is the new year for trees. And the 1st of Tishrei (Rosh Hashanah) is the new year for years.
Every year, many Jews participate in an all-night Torah party called Tikkun Leil Shavuot, a chance to study whatever their community defines as “Torah,” in anticipation of Shavuot.
If you like a little pop culture interpretation in your Passover, why not do a mashup with Game of Thrones?
On Feb. 10, more than 160 people assembled at Busby’s East for an event marking the 13th birthday of b’nai mitzvah learning company Hebrew Helpers.
Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, can give us a glimmer of light and inspiration just as the secular calendar comes to an end. We can then enter the New Year with a renewed sense of hope.