At sundown today, Rosh Hashanah begins - and with it, the beginning of the High Holy Days.
As believers, we are commanded in Numbers 29:1
"And in the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a holy convocation. You shall do no customary work. For you it is a day of blowing of the trumpets." (See also Leviticus 23:23-25).
The next ten days will be days of quiet reflection for me as I search my heart for hidden sins that may have crept in. I look forward to setting aside my normal activities to focus on listening to G-d's voice. This is a beautiful time of drawing close to the Father, feeling His presence, and hearing His sweet and loving voice.
During the Rosh Hashanah service tonight, my husband Rabbi Jem will blow the shofar. I am always amazed that he can do this because he has a greatly diminished lung capacity due to asthma. It is a testimony of his love and dedication for Adonai. He is a remarkable man empowered by our awesome G-d.