Planning for the Holidays
Although most of us think the holidays don’t begin until Thanksgiving, for many of my customers it comes sooner with Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. Early in my career I had made the discovery that many of my customers were Jewish in the most hilariously embarrassing way. I would see that odd little plaque fixed on the door post, and since I didn’t know what it was, I used it as a convenient place to wedge my business card. Oy!
Everyone was too kind to tell me that what I saw was actually a mezuzah, which is traditionally a decorative case with a small parchment scroll with a verse from the Old Testament. This is an observance of Deuteronomy 6:9, which says to write the words of God on the gates and doorposts of your house. No one ever got mad, and it was a few years before I found out, so I am sure I provided years of seasonal entertainment as their window cleaner shoved his card or invoices right under the Word of God.
There are also many Christians who celebrate the Jewish Holidays because they want to honor God for those special holy days He said were to be observed forever. So you don’t have to be Jewish to have a mezuzah…or to have clean windows during this holiday! This year, Rosh Hashanah falls on September 21-22. It is a two day holiday, so there could be out of town guests. And that makes it a major cleaning event! So, this year, don’t draw your drapes and close your blinds when the relatives show up. Be ready to say, “Arise, shine! For your light has come!”