Culture, Miscellaneous

Reflection: My Experience Over the High Holidays

By Anna Khorets ‘22

At the beginning of every school year, we have many chagim, holidays. I used the days off, as an opportunity to spend time with my family. On the first night of Rosh Hashanah, I went to my grandparent’s house. We have dinner there every year with my whole family. It’s a time to gossip with my cousin and eat fattening food such as latkes and gefilte fish which I only eat on the holidays. My family is very traditionally Russian, so the dinner table conversation is filled with Russian anecdotes and jokes. My family spends the whole night catching up and reflecting on our lives for the past year. 

The second night of Rosh Hashanah, I spent with my immediate family in the comfort of our home. Since I come from a secular family, we didn’t have a special holiday dinner on the second night. For me, during the school year, my family’s schedules are so hectic that I barely have time to spend quality bonding time with them. I use the holidays to so.

Even though we are secular, on Yom Kippur, my family and I fasted and went to synagogue. We reunited with families we haven’t seen in a long time and enjoyed being at shul with them. I wasn’t on my phone which was difficult, but I caught up on my reading. Both of my high holidays were a nice break from reality and made me connect with God more.

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