Last Friday night I was speaking about Selihot and said something to the effect of, “The High Holidays really begin when the first words and notes of the kaddish are recited at Selihot in the melody of the High holidays.” Then, as my professor Neil Gillman used to say, I know it’s really time to finish up those sermons.
After services someone approached me to say, that’s not when the holidays begin; it’s when I start cooking our holiday meals and my husband says it smells like Rosh Hashanah.
And then on Sunday in discussion with Religious School parents one of them said that the holidays start when the weather changes and it is cold enough for sweaters.
So – What is that moment when you really feel that Rosh Hashanah is coming?
When do the holidays start for you?