This Jewish special holiday is celebrated over several nights and is very much a family tradition that parents have been transmitting to their children from ancient times.
Wow that time of the year again…are you ready for it at work, at home?
While this is not a holiday that everyone celebrates around the world and yet the spirit of giving thanks is universal. It is great to get the family together when it is possible, but if this is not the case, it is fundamental that the spirit of this special time is encouraged to not only survive for another year, but to thrive.
What does Remembrance Day commemorate? Should we continue ‘celebrating wars’ of the past? Why do we insist in involving our children on remembering the mistakes of their great grandparents and past generations with misty eyed pride?
What are the lessons that this remembrance give to children and young people TODAY?
Remembering a traumatic event of such proportions that changed many countries as a result, is very powerful and yet delicate.
Children are resilient but also easily swept by the powerful emotions of the adults around them, it is hard work but invaluable for future generations, that we the adults talk and listen to them and give the opportunity to express themselves. By getting them acquainted with what happened; allowing them to make sense of their feelings and facing the fact that life goes on, we empower them to express what’s inside them instead of letting it eat them up. Play, Art and Drama therapies have been instrumental in this national healing process
Celebrating The Jewish New Year is an old tradition that is kept in many countries around the world. Adults and Children take part in the celebrations which take place within the family (special meal) and the wider community (synagogue). This festival lasts two days and it commemorates the creation of the world.
Rosh Hashanah is also a judgement day, when Jews believe that the divinity balances a person’s good deeds over the last year against their bad deeds, and decides what the next year will be like for them.
It’s a time for people to think about their priorities in life and to reflect on what has been achieved in the past year.