A Good Year

to you!

September 11th, 2015


This coming Sunday the Jewish people all over the world will celebrate the beginning of another year.

The tenement for Jews for this holiday is blowing the Shofar and hearing the Shofar blown.

A few days ago I have learned at a most interesting lecture at the Masorti Synagogue in Kfar Wradim, that the word Shofar comes from the same root as leshaper, improve. 

Judaism reminds us that we must weigh all our actions, the lives we led during the past year, in a genuine and honest manner. Not in order to acknowledge that we’ve been bad, or wrong, but in order to identify the places where we erred – and make a correction.

Correction with the aim of improvement.

And, contrary to the New Year wishes in English, we do not normally wish each other a happy year, but a GOOD one. There is a great difference between the two. Happiness is a state of mind, and a general endless process of a conscious choice. Whereas a GOOD year is a result of improving upon anything which we consider to be not-so-good.

And the joy of this day, expressed by the voice of the Shofar blowing loud above the human voices, is, as I see it, for the opportunity, the privilege given us to identify the errors and improve; the overwhelming gratitude for this.

So with that thought in mind and from that angle, I designed this card to wish everyone a GOOD year.