Rosh Hashana Provides Time to Reflect

September 18, 2009

Author: Mark Hicks

Source: The Detroit News

Some remembered the reflective evening services at synagogues. Others repeated a special blessing of wine. Nearly all recalled dipping apples into honey.

Their ages and interests span several generations, but the Akiva Hebrew Day School students and seniors at the Dorothy & Peter Brown Jewish Community Adult Day Care Program shared a common bond when they met Wednesday for an exchange: recalling Rosh Hashana, the Jewish new year.

"It means different things to different people, but they all remembered it was a special time for them," said Naomi Craft, 14, a freshman from West Bloomfield Township who was part of the program. "It was nice to tell other people my other experience ... It shows a whole different side you never thought of."

The event was among many throughout Metro Detroit marking the start of Rosh Hashana, which begins at sundown today and launches 10 of the holiest days in the Hebrew calendar.