As my daughter gets older, I’m starting to look for new and creative ways to teach her about Jewish holidays and life. So far, the tzedaka box has been a big hit with her! Every Friday she looks forward to lighting the candles and adding a new way that she wants to help make the world better to her box.
So, I thought that we might be ready to try talking to her about Yom Kippur and atonement in a way that she might understand. When I saw a crop of gratitude trees pop up for Thanksgiving on Pinterest, an idea began to form. That’s when Ruckus and I came up with the idea of creating a mindfulness tree.
The idea is simple. Each person will get a white tag and a silver tag. These tags will represent things we want to improve about ourselves in the coming year (white), and our hopes for the new year (silver). Once we fill out our tags, we’ll hang them on the branches and leave it on the table between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. I may even leave out extra tags in case someone wants to add more reflections or intentions throughout the week.
My hope is that by starting early we can show our daughter that thoughtful reflection is healthy and takes time. It will be interesting to see what she writes throughout the years. I’m not usually sentimental, but I might save her tags for her to read when she’s older.
What unique traditions does your family have for the High Holidays? Would love to read about them in the comments below!