Thursday, September 13, 2007

L'Shana Tova

Last year, I was in Tehran for Rosh HaShana where I was feted by a dear, dear family who took me under their wing and protected me from loneliness on many a Jewish holiday. My heartfelt thanks to them. After their traditional ceremony, one of the (Jewish) women attending said, "We have the best new year. What could be better than the Spring Equinox? You know who has the worst? The Christians. Who wants to celebrate the new year freezing to death in the middle of winter?" She had a point.

While I love this time of year, we Jews do have a kind of joyless New Year. It's more of a meditative process than anything else: one that I find useful despite my secular ways.

I count myself incredibly lucky to celebrate 3 new years. Each one has a bit of a different focus. So to those of you who care, Happy New Year.

I know that I will spend another year working for peace. Wish us all luck.


saggezard said...

Happy new year my Persian friend.

Anonymous said...

happy new year!

there was a LIVE interview on channel 4 (UK) yesterday with pres. ahmadinejad yesterdy which might be of interest to you. it seems like the simultaneous interperter missed some parts of the responses, especially at the start which might have been a technical fault but it's not clear.

there is a slightly small link "watch this report"

Marie said...

L'Shana Tova to you, dear Tori. I also love the Persian New Year at the Vernal Equinox, when life is beginning to stir beneath the soil, the Jewish New Year always seemed like the real new year to me (slowly waking up after summer dreams followed by school and work) and the Christian New Year is fun because when the nights are the longest, we really need to celebrate! I agree, it is wonderful to celebrate all 3 new years.

EdoRiver said...

If you have 3 new years, then to be logical you are aging 3x as fast. Usually women are so superstitious about aging. Are you any different ?
If not, how old are you?

Tori said...

Of couse I am superstitious about aging! I see the three new years as an opportunity for re-birth. ;-)

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The interview was interesting.