This is What the High Holidays Season is Really About

by Leah Rosenberg

We sometimes get lost when the High Holidays roll around. How do we connect with G-d? And what does a wedding have to do with it?

The High Holidays is a Time for Renewal

The High Holidays and Jewish weddings have a lot in common. They are both a time for renewal and commitment; a time to extend our hand with love and dedication. Aryeh Kunstler, an extremely talented Jewish singer, made this song for a wedding in the Hebrew month of Elul – the month leading up to the High Holidays. He combined the words of a classic Jewish wedding song along with the words of repentance and returning to G-d.

Kunstler is trying to make a point. And he is trying to bring us into the right mindset leading up to Rosh Hashana and Yom Kipper. The tune is happy in this song – because weddings are happy. And returning to G-d is a happy thing. This time of year is not a sad time. It is an opportunity to rededicate ourselves to our Creator. Just like when couples commit themselves to their spouse for eternity – through all the ups and downs – so too, we commit ourselves to G-d. Yes, there will be questions and anger; confusion and doubts. But there are also times of immense love, acceptance, gratitude, and happiness. Every relationship has many parts to it.

We all need to set aside the time to recommit ourselves to those we love – including to G-d. And music has the power to remind us and our souls of what we truly yearn for.


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