here’s to a sweet new year! 

i went to temple last night for rosh hashana…..the jewish new year…..5777…..it’s one of my favorite of the holidays……but my daughter and i have decided we need to start our own temple…..part of being jewish is about tradition……and tradition is passed from generation to generation…..but it seems that everyone feels the need to modernize the music to our prayers….you grow up singing these beautiful solemn prayers and hymms that touch deep within your soul…..but in the last ten years or so the music seems to have different tunes……and how can you join and sing these hymns with 3 generations of your family when music has been updated……going to temple on rosh hashana and yom kippur the day of atonement…..has always moved my soul….it is time to reflect on the past year  ……on our actions, right our wrongs, and refocus ourselves for the New Year….to re gain strength for the coming year….and to me the singing of prayers is so moving…..so why does the music need to be updated…..it becomes a congregation that cannot participate in the recitation because one doesnt know the tune….and i come away at the end of the service wondering why rather then feeling a cleansing and recharging of my soul……so next time i find myself in the presence of a rabbi…..any rabbi i must ask…..what the hell happened here….where is the tradition……