Happy Passover, Jewitchy folk!
It’s been ages since I have received a question from a reader to research and answer on this blog! Even though it’s actually Passover time, this query relates to Rosh Hashanah.
A female reader asks “What are the Jewitch reflections on my father in law passing away on the second night of Rosh Hashanah? AND having the funeral today, my 48th birthday?”
I’m not sure exactly how close you were with your father-in-law. Nevertheless, what has occurred certainly indicates a strong spiritual connection between the two of you.
As you know, the passage of time between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is the most sacred time of the year. This is mainly because we spend this time in self-examination and atonement and therefore your father-in-law was in the best spiritual condition to meet Hashem etc.
In other words, this basically means that your father-in-law was a special person indeed.
It is when Hashem decides who will live and who will pass away during the coming year. We examine our lives and repent for any wrongs etc. We apologise to anyone we have hurt and try to improve during the coming year. It’s basically about making peace in your community and attempting to become a better person.
Even though the theme of Rosh Hashanah is life and death, it is a about hope for the New Year. We believe that Hashem is kind and fair, and that Hashem will take into consideration our prayers for forgiveness.
Round challah and its circular shape represents the continuation of life.
It’s interesting that the funeral was on your birthday and near Rosh Hashanah. Because another way to view Rosh Hashanah is as the ‘birthday of the world.’
In ancient times, Jews viewed birthdays as a gloomy reminder that life is getting closer to the end; a day for grave reflection and repentance rather than celebration.
The fact that the funeral was on your birthday could also indicate that you will now forever be linked to your father-in-law and that every year you will be reminded of his spirit around the time of your birthday – on his yahrtzeit etc. This gives you an extra special bond with him.
Hashem created a world wherein everything, even our existence itself, is rightfully earned. If the world will remain in existence for another year, it will be because we stimulated Hashem’s desire to continue on course. Considering this, perhaps your father-in-law was ready to move on from this realm, and made this decision? On Rosh Hashanah, the anniversary of our creation, it is up to us to ensure that everything continues.
From a magickal perspective, there are many meditations, personalised rituals and practices you could do every year, to commemorate and reconnect with your father-in-law. You could even incorporate Rosh-Hashanah-related symbols into your magick and divination pursuits. The possibilities are endless.
I hope this has been helpful in some way!
Blessings until next time,