As a shiksa, I am so the wrong person to explain Rosh Hashana, so I will not. It's not hard to find interesting things to read about it. But while I was helping my friend mettle fatigue format her related diary recently, I was idly googling around, looking for images, which she did not at all need, and happened upon the Book of Life for real. Behold:
This beautiful metal sculpture is the work of popular artist David Kracov, who has made a signature of the butterfly, using it to represent the soul or spirit. The sculpture is called The Book of Life, and commemorates the work of Rabbi Yossi Raichik in rescuing thousands of children from the Chernobyl disaster through the organization Chabad's Children of Chernobyl.
No one link has a huge amount of additional information; here are one or two more, besides those already included. Mostly, I just wanted you to see this beautiful thing, which seemed to me perfect for the occasion. Here are a few more pictures of it being made.
Kitchen Table Kibitzing is a community series for those who wish to share part of their evening around a virtual kitchen table with kossacks who are caring and supportive of one another. So bring your stories, jokes, photos, funny pics, music, interesting videos, and so forth. Or just say "Hi" if you've had a long day and are too exhausted to participate more actively. We would also appreciate links—including quotations—to diaries, news stories, and books that you think this community would appreciate.
Please note that pie fights will be unwelcome in this community, just as in most other series at DKos. There's lots of space at the rest of the site for fighting with other Democrats, progressives, and liberals, and we don't want those battles dragged into this community.
Finally, readers may notice that most who are posting diaries and comments in this series already know one another to some degree, but that definitely does not mean that newcomers will be excluded or unwelcome. We're happy to welcome guests to our kitchen table, and hope to make some new friends as well.
KTK posts nightly at 5:00 Pacific, 6:00 Mountain, 7:00 Central, 8:00 Eastern.