Like most American Jews, my family really only rolls out the "Observant" red carpet during the High Holidays. The Jewish High Holidays, which are considered the most important holidays in Judaism, are observed during the first day (Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year) and the tenth day (Yom Kippur, the day of Atonement). And since God decides who will be inscribed in the "book of life" on the Yom Kippur, I always attend services at temple. Not this year.
Why? I have a baby. And in my opinion, a place of worship is no place for a baby. Seriously, having a baby is the perfect excuse to get out of going to temple, church, weddings, funerals, work (okay, maybe I'm pushing it). First of all, my son is only 1 and he's on the verge of walking. He wouldn't last more than three minutes cooped up on my lap listening to an old Rabbi make Yiddish jokes (that my mom has already forwarded to me, "Hilarious"). Second of all, there's a lot of "silent prayer" and reflection during the High Holidays. Try telling a one-year-old not to make a peep. Third, I have nothing to wear. (And yes, that is directly related to the baby).
The point is, I'm staying home this year. I feel a little guilty about using my son as an excuse to not to go but at least I can add this to the list of things to atone for. Hopefully, God will understand and let me live anyway. Besides if God is omnipresent, He should be able to hear me from the comfort of my own home. I'll be sure to turn down the TV...
Rosh Hashanah begins sundown, Monday September 29th. Yom Kippur begins sundown Thursday October 9th.
|Jenny, author of Perfectly Disheveled, is a writer/producer, and first time mom to a 1 year-old boy.|