Friday, December 31, 2010

Celebrating New Years

Someone asked me yesterday how I was going to be celebrating New Years. Did I have a party and all the trimmings? Errr, well sort of depends on how you define it.

Yup, I'm going to be all dolled up in a long hostess robe. And there is going to be a festive meal with company. Yup, I'm going to be serving wine in silver goblets. There's going to be some joyous singing as well. So, am I celebrating New Years? Nope, I'm celebrating Shabbos.

So let me put this in the order of priorities. First, a gutten Shabbos to all.

Next, I hope that 2011 will be a wonderful year for us all, filled with the best that life can offer us and none of the sorrows. May we all be zocheh to smachot in abundance this year. And when we gather next year at this time to celebrate yet another new year unfolding, first, may we be zocheh to be doing so, and second, may our stories of 2011 bring a smile to our lips.

4 comments: said...

Contrary to popular belief there is nothing wrong with celebrating new years.
We say in tehillim perek 87 , "Hashem yispor bechsov amim" "Hashem counts in the writing of the nations". Thereby telling us that acc. to Torah there is nothing wrong with celebrating it!
We are given a new year to start afresh. Take advantage of it!

Allen said...

I have no problem with celebrating the fact that a new calendar year is starting. Agree though that Shabbos observation comes first. That said, a happy new year and a good Shabbos. said...

Correct. Shabbos definitely comes first. All I was saying is that many people have this notion that new years in "asur". I wanted to clarify that it isn't.

Miami Al said...

I to will be celebrating Shabbat in lieu of the Feast of the Circumcision of Our Lord festivities that begin tonight at midnight. However, since New Years is celebrated on New Years Eve, it is obviously okay, since you are celebrating the day before the Catholic/Anglican holiday (caveat, at second Vatican Counsel, Catholics dropped that as the formal name, making it the Feast of the Virgin Mary, which is less wordy in English).

May the upcoming fiscal/tax year be better for everyone than the prior.

And when asked this year what my plans were for tonight, I give the same answer as I gave when asked about Christmas last week, "nothing extra special this year, dinner with my family." :)

Shabbat Shalom