Bashana Haba’ah

19 Sep

Tomorrow night is the start of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year (literally Head of the Year). Between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement), I use the time to reflect on my past actions, thoughts and circumstances from last year.  This reflection is intended to hopefully make my decisions in the coming year wiser/ better, but also to make amends where appropriate.

This is not an easy task if one looks at decisions purely in black and white and when outcomes/ results from decisions may or may not produce fruit for some time.  When I look at this period, I feel the introspection should be based on human interactions and if feelings were hurt.  As my parents have pointed out from my childhood, “Feelings are important.

In the meantime, I leave you all with a lovely Israeli song that was played often and danced to on many occasions during my childhood, “Bashana Haba’ah” written by Ehud Manor.

If you are interested in the translated lyrics, which are beautiful, they can be found at: