Back in my single days, I loved the month of Elul. It signified the coming of a new year – time for me to get my affairs in order. Time to reflect and redirect my energies – spiritual and otherwise – to higher pursuits.
Now that I’m married with kids, I’m sad to say that the more ethereal pursuits of Elul often take a backseat to other new beginnings – the start of the school year, new activities for the kids, and a new routine for our household.
While I don’t have as much time as I’d like to devote to cheshbon nefesh, there is one kind of cheshbon that I definitely don’t want to let slide: The calculating of our Rosh Hashana budget!
I’m feeling especially overwhelmed this year, so when I sat down to start planning for the upcoming season of chagim, I drew a total blank.
Then I remembered my series on planning for the Jewish holidays that I wrote last year – and quickly referred back. Ah, yes, there’s my familiar check-list!
My goals this week are to make the time to sit down with my husband (are you reading, honey?) and map out our plans for meals during Rosh Hashana and Sukkot. Of course, with all the three day yom tovs, we’ve got a lot of planning to do!
First up is to decide which meals we want to host and make a guest list for each. Then it’s time to start in on our menu plan. While we will no doubt host a meal or two for Rosh Hashana, the truth is I much prefer to host over Sukkot. We love our homey little sukkah and I can’t wait to invite a new crowd into it this year!
Have you started thinking about your Rosh Hashana plans? I know it seems like forever and a day, but trust me: It will be here before we know it.