New Year, New Life: A (Re-) Conversion Story for Rosh Hashanah

What does it mean to celebrate a new year?
For many Jews, the period surrounding Rosh Hashanah offers a culturally sanctioned opportunity to rethink the past year’s successes and pleasures as well as frustrations and regrets. That calendrical structure offers some helpful emotional boundaries. For example, it allows any pain and guilt we might feel about our actions or reactions of the past to be restricted to ayear, and avoid letting negative emotions get out of control.