Rosh Hashanah, or the Jewish New Year, is considered one of the holiest days in the Jewish culture. Meaning “head of the year,” Rosh Hashanah commemorates God’s creation of the world and marks the beginning of the Days of Awe, a 10-day period of reflection and repentance that culminates in Yom Kippur, also known as the Day of Atonement.
These “High Holy Days” are steeped in symbolic elements and rituals that go all the way back to the time of Moses. The more I learn about these traditions the more I see their relevance, even for those of us who aren’t Jewish. Who wouldn’t benefit from intentionally setting aside time to be grateful, reflective and to make amends where we need to?
September is also Hispanic Heritage Month, a commemoration established in 1988 to celebrate the history and influence of Hispanic Americans. Although events and festivities will look different this year, many places across the nation (and even the world) have developed creative and engaging ways to pay tribute to Hispanic culture.
We hope that you enjoy this month’s selection of articles. By growing in our understanding and appreciation of these diverse cultures, we are given an opportunity to see the world in a new way. With all that 2020 has brought us thus far, who couldn’t use a fresh set of lenses?