Hello, everyone! Just checking in. After talking to a few of the "regulars" on the phone, most people are still uncomfortable getting together for services and singing in person, since doing so would be uncomfortable with masks on. And Zoom, as most of you know, has syncing problems that make singing or drumming together online pretty much impossible. If you're like me, you're "zoomed out" anyway - everybody's pretty sick of it, I hear. So I hope everyone will enjoy observing Rosh Chodesh at home with a nice meal, candle lighting, music, reading and journaling. The astronomical new moon occurs on August 18th, and the Rabbinic Rosh Chodesh Elul starts at Sundown on August 20th.
Speaking of journaling, hopefully everyone has been reading a chapter of The Hebrew Priestess each month. If so, well, it's time to choose a new book study! I'd like to open the floor for nominations. Please send your suggestions to RoshChodeshLex@gmail.com, comment below as a Blogspot comment on this post, or post them to our Facebook group. Later I'll send out an email with all the suggestions so we can look them over and make a decision.
Both OZS and TAI have online plans for the High Holidays, as well as Kohenet and other online groups and congregations. If you want to have a socially distanced get together, I'd be happy to cook and host in our backyard. We could do a cookout. The calendar is early this year so the weather should be fine, hopefully. Either way, by next month we should have a feel for whether Covid19 is waning or is hanging on and we can proceed from there.
I hope you are all well and keeping busy. I know Zoom is annoying, so this is a good time to develop your own "practice" and schedule of ritual, reading, and prayer whether that takes the form of daily, weekly on Shabbat, or monthly at Rosh Chodesh. If you have any questions or suggestions, reply to this Blogspot post. We can have a conversation here without the hassle of Zoom, lol.
I wish you all peace and happiness during this coming Season of Reflection.