{ Holidays }

So what are you wearing to temple?

Rosh Hashanah (pronounced rush-ah-shah-nah), as anyone brought up in a Jewish home will know, is one of the “big” Jewish holidays. It signifies the beginning of the New Year on the Jewish calendar and is, for the most part, a “happy” holiday. Yom Kippur (yahm-kip-or) a holiday that immediately follows Rosh Hashanah, is a “day of atonement” and a more solemn holy day. Even members of the Jewish faith who might not otherwise attend synagogue services, will try to make a point of going to temple on these two holidays.

As children, in what seems like a million years ago, I can remember that my “fashionista” friends and I walked to temple adorning one of  the new fall school “outfits” we had literally begged our parents to buy for us in any given year. This, of course, was in the days when a “middle class” actually existed and the earned “allowance” of $25 could buy you three new school ensembles.

Alexander’s, on Fordham Road in the Bronx, was the place to get your money’s worth then, and Rosh Hashanah services was the goto occasion to parade around in one of those outfits and, of course, pray a little — not so much for atonement as for a sunny September day with low humidity. (God forbid you had to walk to temple, reach your destination with frizzy hair and ruin your fall fashion debut.) Continue reading…