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Hello Sweet New Year!

A free verse poem about Rosh Hashana (Jewish New Year)

By Talia DevoraPublished 9 months ago 2 min read
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Hello Sweet New Year!
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Hello Sweet New Year!

It’s me, Talia!

I have three delicious wishes

to share with you:

To enhance my spiritual development,

to trust what G-d tells me every day,

and to respect myself more than I used to.

It’s the year

to create new beginnings,

and to include them

into the next few chapters

of my memoir.

Hello Sweet New Year!

I’m asking you kindly

to do me a favour.

I’ll need you

to grant me my three juicy, sweet wishes.

It’s time for me

to move on

from the ugly, rotten past.

If I don’t make my way forward now,

I’ll never be able

to gobble up the tenderness

of the present and future.

Hello Sweet New Year!

Will you transform me

into a butterfly,

a rainbow,

and an everlasting dreamer?

I think you will,

in no time-

I’ll just wait

patiently and calmly.

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First of all, what is Rosh Hashana?!

Rosh Hashana (Head of the Year), is the Jewish new year. Rosh Hashana is a fall holiday that takes place on the first two days of Tishrei (Jewish month that usually coincides with September-October), which is the seventh month of the Jewish new year. During this time of the year, we take the time to recall what we've done, ask and pray to be forgiven for any mistakes we've made and promise to make improvements next year. Rosh Hashana is a serious celebration in which the Jewish people spend a chunk of time praying. Jewish people also consider Rosh Hashana as "the birthday of the world", the birthday of Adam (the first man G-d created), the day on which Sarah first discovered that she would have Isaac, and the day Isaac was conceived. The highly significant symbol of Rosh Hashana is the shofar (ram's horn) which is blown on Rosh Hashana. The shofar reminds the Jewish people to do teshuvah (to feel bad for their wrongdoings and compensate for their mistakes).

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Although Rosh Hashana is an emotional holiday, Rosh Hashana is also a joyful celebration in which people spend time with family and friends to indulge in festive meals. Symbolic foods that are typically eaten during Rosh Hashana are apples and honey, pomegranates, dates, string beans, fish, etc. Sweet foods such as apples and honey represent the sweet year we wish to follow. The consumption of apples and honey is an ancient Jewish tradition recorded in the Talmud. Foods such as fish heads symbolize a desire or blessing for prosperity and well-being in the coming year.

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L'Shana Tova tikatevu (may you be inscribed for a good year)!

Please feel free to connect with me on IG!

IG: @tdwrites24

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About the Creator

Talia Devora

Poetess, visual artist and lifestyle/quiz writer! My pastimes include reading, sleeping, gaming, music, fitness, etc! Be yourselves, be kind and value life! Let's connect and be friends!

My IG accounts: @tdwrites24 & @tdcreates97

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  • Darkos7 months ago

    Beautiful great Wishes and Wishing You All well Much Love and Light !

  • Babs Iverson9 months ago

    Wonderfully & beautifully written!!! Talia, wishing you the best and happiest New Year!!!💕♥️♥️

  • Mariann Carroll9 months ago

    Happy New Year, beautiful poem to start your Rosh Hashanah 🎉This was very informative and educational for me. Thank you , Talia. 🥰

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