The Jewish year 5782
Year 5782 – Began on Sept. 7, is not an ordinary year in the Jewish calendar. It is known as a sabbatical year, or Shmita, as mentioned in the Book of Exodus. While most of the Atlanta Jewish community will probably not take much note, for Jews in Israel – particularly Orthodox Jews – the Shmita, has everyday significance.
In Hebrew, shnat shmita literally means “a year let go” or “released” — a year in which the Land of Israel is left to rest. According to the Torah, the land may not be worked, nor its produce bought and sold. While the “land” in question applies only to agriculture in Israel, there are also implications for Jews in the Diaspora.
5782 has been an amazing year for Hannah’s Kitchen, we have grown in so many ways. We have a great amazing and strong team that is truly enjoying the creativity, connection with the community and the challenges that come our way weekly! One of the best parts that I truly enjoy is the fun atmosphere in the kitchen as well. Getting to sit in my office working on future events, connecting with customers, social media posts, etc.. and listening to my team working, collaborating and joking around.
This time of year is a time for reflection and thinking about how we want to grow and adjust our lives in the coming year. Thinking of how we interact with others, with ourselves and with God, and improving on all of those relationships. Reflection is something I do regularly during the year, how can we serve our customers better, how can we be more efficient, and how can we work better as a team.
One thing that I love about Rosh Hashanah is being with my family. I am super excited for Rosh Hashanah this year because it has been a couple of years since we have all gotten together in a large group.
Covid has made it hard to see our families and friends in the same way we used to. The idea of a large family gathering makes me excited, thinking of my kids, my nieces and nephews, siblings, cousins, parents, uncles etc.. All together, enjoying our time together just seems amazing. I know my grandparents would be smiling watching over us and knowing they set the right example and that we are following in their footsteps.
I am looking forward to 5783! May we all get to celebrate many simchas together with the important people in our lives and with lots of good food! As always thankful for my amazing team, without them I could not do all I do!