We’re Not In Kansas Anymore

This past Shabbos and Sunday was Rosh Chodesh Elul. Gosh, life changes when you’re not in school anymore! I don’t have a teacher standing in front of me everyday to remind what a special time of year this is. And believe it or not, I miss that. Ok, I don’t ever want to go back to high school, but there’s really something motivating about being in a religious environment where you can work on being a better person together with others.

Now, I’m the lone Jew everyday.  I have to make resolutions, follow-through with them and keep up with the pertinent halachos of the upcoming holidays all on my own. It’s waaayyy harder than it sounds. The day-to-day rush just takes over and everything else is usually pushed off until I light the candles on Rosh Hashana night.

I’m hoping that over time these things will change- maybe when I start making yom tov at home or even once DS1 starts yeshiva (in 2 weeks!). It’s no fun feeling unprepared, so this year, I really want to try and make a real effort to be on top of what’s going on.

How do you stay on top of the upcoming Jewish holidays?  Can you recommend resources online that review the basic halachos of each holiday or send out a holiday reminder?

Until next time,