September 2020

Onward

September heralds the "ber" months as we call it in the Philippines and is the official start of the Christmas season. This may be the somberest holiday season yet in the new millennium.

"Eating is an agricultural act." I think Wendell Berry made a good point when he wrote that sentence. Everything that we eat came about because of an agricultural act. Even the snacks and junk food we eat have agriculture as their base.

Rosh Hashanah is the start of the High Holidays or Yamim Nora’im and is followed a week later by the Day of Atonement or Yom Kippur. The days in between are called the 10 Days of Repentance (selichot), or the Ten Days of Return. This season is a time of contemplation and of laying bare one's soul before God.

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