The Rosh Hashanah (New Year) that Autumn Brings

Ten months.

Happy new year 5772!

Until this year, I never realized how close the first day of Autumn (September 23rd) and the first day of the Jewish New Year (sunset of September 28th) are to each other on our calendar. While the greenness of Spring symbolizes a new beginning for many, it is the Fall season that has always best represented newness of life to me.

Yes, there are the more obvious images of Autumn that make us feel good: the scorching heat of Summer finally dies,┬áStarbucks brings back their pumpkin flavored drinks, our favorite TV shows premiere their new seasons, and the glory of American football becomes inescapable. Sure, we have to suffer the upcoming time change, but there’s a certain calmness and quietness to the Fall season that charms me every year.

This Autumn is especially like a new year for me. After nearly a year without it, my family is officially back on insurance again through Vanderbilt University- that gives me such a necessary peace of mind!

And within the next week or so, we will be moving back into our townhouse. (We’ve been staying with good and gracious friends since we moved back to Nashville in July.)

My son will turn a year old in November; so the Fall season will transform my infant into a toddler. And a few weeks before his birthday, we will finally get to see him in his awesome Halloween costume… a sea otter! (Random enough?)

As if it wasn’t obvious, Autumn is (and always has been) my favorite season. So as Nick Drakes plays on my iPod in the background, I proudly sound my imaginary shofar in celebration of a particular new year.

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  1. by Ferne Emery

    On September 28, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    Autumn is my fave time of year. One of my favorite clients when I did hair was this little lady named Helen Rosenberg. Yes, I liked doing funky and young hair, but I love old people. LOVE THEM! Anyway, she came in to get her hair done for service on Rosh Hashanah, and we she was sharing her holiday with me. I always found that the most special. Not only was she an elder who was willing to share her wisdom, but she was my friend willing to share her religion. That’s the one thing I miss about being a stylist; I miss the really nice people.

  2. by Nick Shell

    On September 28, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    Ferne, that’s a cool story. I would like to meet Helen Rosenberg!

  3. by Wendy P.

    On September 29, 2011 at 8:47 am

    Autumn is my favorite time of year, too. I can’t wait for my son Noah who’s 8 months old to play outside for the first time! It’s been too hot here in Houston, Texas for any outdoors playing up until now. I love your blog and am discovering some great music from reading your blog, too! I love the Nick Drakes song..it reminds me of music from a Peanuts cartoon :)

  4. by Nick Shell

    On September 29, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    Wendy, I’m glad you can relate. I’ve never realized the how Nick Drake’s song truly is like Peanuts. Wow, what a revelation!