IT’S that time of year again. Backpacks and school binders tumble off the shelves at Target, crossing guards in bright orange vests patrol the road and parents are bemoaning the frenzied schedule that “back to school” requires.
But there’s a positive energy in the air as kids, tanned and freckled from the summer, greet each other in the school yard, beginning a new school year.
The fall is a time for new beginnings and the Jewish calendar is right on track. Rosh Hashanah — Hebrew for “head of the year” — kicks off the parade of holidays with a spirit of perennial optimism.
When we wish one another Le-shanah tovah tikatevu ve-teihatemu (May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year), we are saying that we hope this year will be a good one all around; good health and well-being in relationships, family, work and life.