Why do I only do posts for New Year’s? At the end (and the beginning) of the Jewish Calendar, we celebrate New Year. One of the traditional foods we eat is apples dipped in honey. The natural sweetness of the apples is important, but we dip it in honey in order to bring a “double-sweet” new year. There are other traditional foods (pomegranate, assorted gourds, Challah bread) but in Hawaii, we make do with what we have, and nothing is sweeter, in this case than pineapple. So for our New Year’s wish this year pineapples dipped in honey it is!
New Year’s as always is a time for reflection. In the last few months, we have had some good news, and I want to share the following awards with you. Thank you, as always, for your support as our friends and family have helped us achieve the sweetness this year has been.
Rosh Hashanah is not only a time to prepare for the sweetness of the New Year, but also to cast off the sins of the year past. Tashlikh is the custom of taking all the sins of the past year and throwing into the deepest darkest part of the sea so they do not come back to haunt us.
Law, and trial work more than other parts, is a contentious beast. Two sides enter the courtroom and quite often both come out unhappy. Almost like cutting the baby in half, quite often trial work is about how both sides deserve 100% of the same “thing”, but there’s only 100% to go around and not enough to share.
So, as proud as I am of every success we’ve had this past year, this year for Tashlikh we remember, and cast off, any part of any time we have failed to rise to the occasion of providing a perfect victory. As much as I would love to win perfectly for everyone, and as much as every loss stays with me forever, today is the day to cast off the sins of the past to work towards a better, sweeter New Year.