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Waking Up the Soul
Blowing the Shofar

Happy New Year! This week, our entire SD student body learned about Rosh Hashanah. The first of the Jewish High Holy Days, Rosh Hashanah, meaning “first of the year” or “head of the year,” commemorates the Jewish New Year and is a time for reflection and introspection. Rosh Hashanah is typically celebrated with symbolic foods, prayers, and the blowing of the shofar, a trumpet made from a ram's horn. According to the Jewish tradition, the sound of the Shofar is meant to wake up the soul. 

Director of Philosophy, Ethics, and World Religions Mirza Khan led a group of Middle School students down to the ruins at the entrance to campus, a special place beneath a stand of redwoods and with a view of the surrounding hills. The students and teachers gathered to pause, reflect, and share their thoughts about what it means to wake up the soul. 

“What does waking up the soul mean to you?” Mr. Khan asked the Middle School students, to which some of them replied:

“To try new things.”

“Be here in the present, rather than, like, worrying about the future.”

“To be grateful.”

“To be yourself and not try to be like others. Just be yourself.”

“In life, one of the best things you can do is help others.”

After the sharing of remarks, eighth grader Marino M. closed the gathering by blowing the shofar once more, while Mr. Khan reminded everyone that in the Jewish tradition, “When we blow the shofar, we feel connected, grateful, and aware.”

Shanah tovah u’metuka
May you have a sweet year!


Rosh Hashanah