Shana Tovah to our Jewish friends and readers. My hubby is Jewish and we’re celebrating a black cat Rosh Hashanah with three shareable cards sized for Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram and a nice vertical for Pinterest. Read everything you need to know about the Jewish New Year especially if you’re not Jewish or want to share our unique kitty cards. Plus scroll down for a bonus kitty card for tennis fans and Naomi Osaka fan love.
#1 Do not say happy New Year but Shayna Tovah (pronounced with the accent on the last syllable Shah-NAH to-VAH) It’s literally a translation of Rosh Hashanah. A longer more formal greeting would be le-shanah tovah tikatevu (teekatevoo): May you be inscribed for a good year (i. e. written into the book of Life).
This is our second post today. In case you missed it, find out Pet Memorial Day some really, really old pics of me and cats and why we’re not adopting any more cats.
For tennis fans, this is random but timely if you were upset about Serena Williams bringing champion Naomi Osaka to tears. Regardless of the allegations, the end result is: a young woman, age 20 who worked hard to win her first Grand Slam heard boos instead of cheers. No apology will change the memory of that win. Osaka played strongly from start to finish. Serena knew the consequences of her actions. Even if she wasn’t penalized for her tantrum, she wouldn’t have won. It’s mind boggling that we live in a culture where celebrities can rile up trolls to spew hate to the winner on her Instagram account. Thank goodness, she moved on with grace and was able to bask in the limelight. #graceunderfire
The Jewish high holy days are a time of self-reflection, to examine one’s behavior over the past gear and atone for hurting anyone. It’s an exercise useful to anyone regardless of spiritual beliefs. No one is perfect but we can strive to be kinder or better sports in the game of life.