Fireworks, Elliot Brown, Flickr


Although January 1 is not the Jewish New Year, as Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan taught, Jews live in two civilizations, the particular Jewish and the larger general culture. One of the things I’m discovering on the Wellsprings of Wisdom journey is that  many of the natural themes that we celebrate on Jewish holidays are found in cultures around the world as well, although given a uniquely Jewish perspective. Even so-called “secular” rituals contain their sparks of holiness, as you can ponder on this Wellsprings Pathway (post) by Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson:  “The Hidden Holiness of the Secular New Year” in the Gateway of Light. Wishing a happy and healthy 2018 to all our visitors at this Virtual Retreat Center.