Shalom Lamb: Celebrate the Holidays without social media
With the pandemic still floating around it is sometimes difficult to find the positive aspects in things. During this time of turmoil, it is very common to worry about financial ailments, health concerns, and many other stressors. Many religious holidays like Rosh Hashanah will feel very different from the norm. Shalom Lamm, CEO of Project Benjamin, has come up with a plan to counter the indifference some might have when celebrating Rosh Hashanah this year. On his Twitter, he talks about how change doesn't have to be so scary.
Lamm preserved and cherished his Jewish heritage for about his entire life. He co-founded organizations like the Chevra Hatzolah Volunteer Ambulance Service to help his community. In addition, being CEO of Project Benjamin was an important part of his career. He and his team rightly bury Jewish soldiers of World War II under the Star of David. This testimony to his culture is the reason why he has become such a successful entrepreneur. After researching and discussing with his family how to safely celebrate Rosh Hashanah, he came up with a plan.
Tradition 1: The Shofar
This tradition will not stagnate during the 2020 celebrations. Hearing the sound of the shofar may not be as loud this year, but families can still do it. After reading the Torah reading. Home visits can be vital this year when synagogues are closed.
Tradition 2: candlelight
Although candle lighting is usually done in person, use Zoom !, when there is no woman at home due to quarantine. It is very easy to set up and all members can watch the ladies light the candles remotely. Blessings can also be recited during this time.
Tradition 3: Greetings
Wishing family members and friends a good year will be virtual again this year. It may not be ideal because the nature of this vacation is so cheerful, but it is definitely an alternative. Shalom has discussed this extensively on other platforms as well.
Tradition 4: pocketable
Of course, it can be dangerous to go to a body of water to perform this ceremony. When there are large crowds, the virus can spread easily. At least for this year it must be enough to fill the sick with water or to have a tub on a table. The prayers are the most important part of this ceremony, which can be completed anywhere.
Tradition 5: Torah Readings
Again, live streaming services from the synagogue might be the safest and most realistic approach. This way, all of the answers can be prayed individually and more people can enjoy the service.
Tradition 6: The food
One of Shalom's favorite parts of Rosh Hashanah is the amazing food. The bread, challah, is dipped in honey to represent the sweetness of an upcoming New Year. Eating many other Yiddish foods such as fish, lamb, pomegranate and tzimmes can be done from the comfort of your home. Many recipes can be found online when local shops close due to the pandemic. Shalom Lamm's Blog can be a resource for anyone struggling to find hope during this time. He wants many of his friends to understand that it's okay to compromise and still have a successful vacation. Rosh Hashannah is about starting over and releasing negative energy that could hold us tight. In preparation for this celebration, be sure to set times with your family to plan how safe you can be. With the excitement of the Jewish holidays, it is easy to lose sight of potential dangers like too much outside exposure. Also, remember to pray for those in other countries that have limited resources during the pandemic. It is important to implement the strong core values of the Jewish religion every day.