No School, New Year
#LeighsLessons: No School, New Year
Hi Everyone!! Today I do not have school because it is Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. My school is a school centered on inclusive diversity and I think it is very important that we recognize and observe all holidays from all cultures. I interviewed my Jewish friend Anna and got her thoughts on why it is important to observe these holidays and what she and her family usually do to celebrate.
Here are her thoughts:
Leigh: “Why do you think it is important that our school as a community recognizes Jewish holidays with days off?”
Anna: “I think it’s important that everyone is exposed to every religion so recognizing that the Jewish Holidays are something more than just a day off is important. I think people need to be educated so that we can empathize and understand people easier.”
Leigh: “How do you and your family spend these holidays?”
Anna: “So for both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur we go to services the night of and the morning of. We normally have a family dinner before both night services and since we have to fast for Yom Kippur we get our last meal as a family. So we go to two services one night and one morning.”
Leigh: “Is there anything else people should know about these holidays?”
Anna: “I think that it’s important that everyone is educated on these holidays so people stop making assumptions and then accidentally offending someone.”
There are about 7.4 billion people in the world that practice different cultures and religions. I think it is important that we love each other without judgement, accept others and challenge ourselves to learn more about others and how we can embrace our differences.
Speaking of different cultures, yesterday I was informed of who my French Exchange Student is! His name is Antione, he is 15 but will be 16 before he comes to America. He is coming October 13th and staying for about two weeks. I am so excited and will make sure to update you guys with how we are getting prepared in upcoming blogs!!
Leaving, Later, Out.
The link above has more information about Rosh Hashanah!!