Tonight at sundown is Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year! It is celebrated in many ways, especially since it is the beginning of the season of Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) but one of favorites is that each person picks rocks from the road or river bank, choosing one for each sin, or something they have felt burdened by. And after prayer and contemplation the rocks are thrown into the river, symbolic of a letting go and a new start. This is very solemn and there is grieving for what has been lost but it is followed by great celebration and thanksgiving to God that there is yet another year to live.
With that I’d like to dedicate my most recent charcoal sketch in my “letting go” series to this beautiful new year!