The ‘High Holidays’… 

It’s the time of year when tradition reigns. 

Interestingly, even those that don’t adhere to tradition as a matter of course during most of the year adopt many of the traditions connected to Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. 

The reason for this is because Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur are the essence of our identity as Jews.   

It’s when we accept and proclaim that G-d is the King and omnipotent ruler of the world. 

Being part of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur is being a part of something great, even if it’s manifested by joining in only some of the traditions.  At the end of the day, belonging and being connected is the crux of our existence. 

There is a special age-old tradition where children come to their parents to receive a blessing before Yom Kippur.   

What makes this so special and why specifically this timing?  

Yom Kippur is when we are ‘closest’ to the Almighty.  We beseech Him to be inscribed in the book of life, with all that it entails. 

Receiving a blessing from parents is receiving a blessing from the One who ordained them to the role of parents.  They are partners with Him in the creation of the child and his emissary to raise them…

Connecting to our parents is connecting to the King and ruler of the world.  That’s the crux of our existence.

Without our parents we are a lost species.  With them we belong and connect to something great. 

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