b'WESTERN MARBLE ARCH SYNAGOGUEROSH HASHANAH JOSEPH MISHONF romyeartoyearsomethingschange;the euphoriaofmissingtwodaysofschoolare now replaced by the nervous juggling of work responsibilities, old friends arriving at shul but now with new creations under their arms and each year we have a new set of actions to reflect back on.However for the most part, the familiar formula of Rosh Hashanah is why its loved by so many.From the apples, honey, cakes, pomegranate and more. We hear the stories of creation, Adam & Eve, Abraham, Isaac with all the accompanying celebratory songs and psalms, capped off with the always poignant sermon. Itstwodaysthatourfamiliesorganisewithmilitaryprecision months in advance. Once known as Yom Teruah or the Day of Shouting or Blasting - we hear it first in synagogue, and then for a prolonged period over the many family gatherings that follow for 48 hours. And whilst we all get one year older, the formula doesnt change and everyone takes comfort in the routine. Andasitallwindsdown,weveturnedournewleafusually 3-months earlier than the rest and feel ready to push through the winter months with ease. Youre well rested, nourished, and feeling confident about whats to come. And then it hits you. Its Yom Kippur next Monday.Blowing the Shofar on Rosh Hashanah in Amsterdam. From a Passover Haggadah 1695.12'