I should really get to bed soon, but I wanted to quickly write a few things about Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year).

I got to shul (synagogue) multiple times, including for the shofar both mornings, although I got to shul long after the start of the very long Rosh Hashanah morning service. I felt a bit overwhelmed by the large numbers in shul on the first evening, but was OK with the number of people, although I suspect to some extent I just focused on myself, my machzor (prayerbook) and the chazan (cantor) and tried not to think about the other people. I was mostly OK with the choir and the chazanut (cantorial singing), preferring to sit with Dad in the known quantity of the main shul despite these things (choir and chazan) rather than go by myself into unknown the parallel service, even though they finished a lot earlier without them. I mostly think I made the right decision, but I was annoyed by the amount of talking, which I’m not used to from my shul. Still, overall I felt comfortable at being back in the United Synagogue. I do wish people wouldn’t talk during the service, though.

I felt too tired to go back this evening for Minchah and Ma’ariv (Afternoon and Evening Services), which means my machzor and, more importantly, my tallit (prayershawl) is still in shul, so I’ll have to borrow Dad’s tomorrow morning (Dad has two talletot, one in shul and one at home).

I didn’t do much Torah study, although I went to the shiur (religious class) between Minchah and Ma’ariv yesterday. I did finish the ‘Chofetz Chaim on the festivals’ book.

I remembered there’s one type of therapy system (I can’t remember which) that talks about moving towards or away from values instead of abstract goals. For some reason that I’m not entirely sure about, I feel vaguely uncomfortable with moving towards values, but wondered if it would work to feel I’m moving towards God. I’ll have to see how that goes.

The main difficulty over Yom Tov, aside from missing E, was that my lips and especially hands have got quite chapped. I’m not quite sure how this happened, as it feels like it was summer five minutes ago, but apparently it’s not any more. Anyway, that was/is a bit uncomfortable. My left hand in particular has quite a lot of little cuts on it, which are surprisingly painful.

EDIT: I finally set up my new Facebook account. I haven’t set up a profile or found friends (or “friends”) or anything yet, as I don’t have time, but I wanted to do something towards setting up the group for people on the margins of the frum community. I did try to set my relationship status to married to E, but couldn’t work out how (isn’t FB supposed to be intuitive?) and ran out of time as I have to be up early for work tomorrow.

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8 thoughts on “Rosh Hashanah

  1. Talking during the service? As a retired schoolteacher I would be glaring and possibly even shushing. I don’t remember how to set up marital status in FB; it’s probably in settings somewhere? It was nearly 10 years ago when I set my status to widow. 😦

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    1. Too many people talking to shush, plus I don’t feel confident shushing people twenty or thirty years older than me (not that I really shush those my age…). Periodically, the people running the service will shush, or bang on the lectern, but it doesn’t make any difference. This is why I liked my other shul, despite the differences in ideology: literally no one spoke there.

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  2. Maybe I’m dense but what’s the difference between values and abstract goals? Actually, what are abstract goals? I’m used to thinking of goals as being fairly concrete vs. abstract.

    I was too lazy to figure out how to be married to Husband on FB. Currently, each of our profiles says “married” but not to each other. I don’t care enough to fix this as I really just use FB to stalk people and then get upset over it.

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    1. I was thinking values = being compassionate, abstract goals = give more tzedaka, as opposed to specific goals = give £1,000 tzedaka, but I think putting “abstract” there was misleading on my part.

      I used FB mainly for stalking people when I was on it a decade ago. I’m hoping I’ll be better about it this time around, but I’m not sure.

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